Oregon Residents Help Officials Arrest Man Accused Of Starting Wildfires (Latest News)

Three locals saw a man roaming along a road in rural Oregon on Monday and, after a tussle, roped him to a tree until law enforcement officersΒ came, according to the authorities. The man was wanted on suspicion of starting two wildfires.

Trennon Smith, 30, of Veneta, Oregon, was allegedly seen by a witness at around 2:00 p.m. starting two flames near the Rogue River Ranch in southwest Oregon while strolling down a gravel road.

The fires, which had consumed less than an acre, were promptly confined and put out, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Several organizations looked for him that afternoon after the authorities obtained a description of the individual who started the fires from witnesses. But the three Curry County residents were the ones who discovered him by a road close to the fires, according to a statement from Curry County Sheriff John Ward.

Sheriff Ward reported that the subject “got quite belligerent with the three residents and had to be tied to a tree to control him.” According to Sheriff Ward, ambulance personnel attended to Mr. Smith’s injuries after he “fell down.” Two counts of first-degree arson and one count of reckless burning were brought against the defendant.

If Mr. Smith had a lawyer, it was not immediately evident. When contacted via phone and email on Tuesday night for comment, Sheriff Ward did not respond right away.

The flames broke out at a dangerous time for the state since this week’s heat wave is causing unusually high temperatures throughout the Pacific Northwest. For the whole region, where 13 million people will likely experience triple-digit temperatures by the end of the week, heat warnings and advisories have been issued.

Prior to the heat wave, Multnomah County, Oregon, and the city of Portland declared states of emergency and announced plans to open cooling centers.

Oregon Residents Help Officials Arrest Man Accused Of Starting Wildfires
Oregon Residents Help Officials Arrest Man Accused Of Starting Wildfires

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