ARMED vigilante residents have set up roadblocks and are checking ID’s after the Oregon fire was allegedly started intentionally.
Mike Reese, sheriff of Multnomah County, said Saturday that deputies told people such activity was illegal and the roadways remained open. Reese said authorities have fielded extra patrols.
Residents have allegedly set up roadblocks[/caption]
Deputies found fireworks on Friday[/caption]
Neighbors put it out using a shovel and water[/caption]
“The sheriff’s office will not tolerate illegal activity of any kind, including civilian roadblocks,” Reese said.
Earlier this week authorities refuted rumors that anti-fascist activists were setting fires in Oregon.
Four people have now been arrested on the West Coast for deliberately starting blazes as wildfires rage.
Cops detained two men in Washington, a man in Oregon and a woman in California as the desperate battle to contain the fires continued.
Michael Jarrod Bakkela, 41, was jailed for several crimes[/caption]
Anita Esquivel, 37, was also arrested[/caption]
So far 24 people have been killed though the authorities in Oregon have told residents to brace themselves for a “mass fatality incident.”
Oregon Live reported that Michael Jarrod Bakkela, 41, was arrested on two counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief and 14 counts of reckless endangerment.
The fire Bakkela started is considered to be one of the origins of the Almeda fire and the two quickly merged, said Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office spokesman Rich Tyler.
Photos show the towns of Phoenix and Talent reduced to ashes after the Almeda fire tore through.
Drone footage show homes destroyed by the fire[/caption]
The charred remains of a tractor-trailer near a residence burned by the Bear fire[/caption]
It has killed two people, destroyed a thousand homes and laid waste to 5700 acres.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday evening, a Phoenix resident saw a person, who was later identified as Bakkela, lighting a fire behind their house.
State troopers and sheriff’s deputies who arrived saw Bakkela standing close to a large fire that was threatening several homes.
Meanwhile the California Highway Patrol said 37-year-old Anita Esquivel was arrested after being accused of intentionally starting fires and is being held Monterey County Jail arson, KION reported.
Embers light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville, California[/caption]
They said it happened on Highway 101 near Boronda Road, and it was first reported just after 9am on Friday.
The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said she has no connection with antifa, contrary to rumors circulating online about that the group had been involved in starting fires.
Trooper Ryan Burke, Washington State Patrol District 1 Public Information Officer for Pierce and Thurston counties said that two men have been arrested for arson.
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He tweeted that a 36-year-old Puyallup resident was caught on State Route 167 at Meridian for setting a fire on Wednesday and is now in jail.
On Thursday another pedestrian was spotted lighting a match in the grass at State Route 512 and State Route 7.
The incident was observed by a citizen who called 911 and after a short chase on foot the person is in custody.