Four People Arrested For Suspected Arson, Intentionally Setting Wildfires In California, Oregon, Washington

Four people have been charged with arson in California, Oregon and Washington. The fires are part of the damage caused by wildfires in the three states. It is not known at this time if any of them are antifa members.

Police say they have received numerous tips about antifa starting wildfires in the three states.  But the police and the FBI said they investigated the claims but found no evidence to back up the claims. They believe the rumors started after Portland police sent out a message to the rioters that any fires they set could be windblown into the forest and set it ablaze.


The police warned:

“To those attending the demonstration tonight: Keep in mind the immediate risk the use of fire poses to community members. Since fire danger is very high right now due to high winds and the current dry climate, fire will spread quickly and could affect many lives.”

From The Daily Wire

Michael Jarrod Bakkela, a transient living in the Oregon woods, was arrested late this week “on two counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief and 14 counts of reckless endangerment,” according to Oregon Live. Bakkela is allegedly responsible for setting one of two major wildfires in Oregon; the fires have now merged, killing at least 24 people, leaving hundreds homeless, and torching at least 5,700 acres of precious forest land.

Bakkela’s alleged fire is likely responsible for the deaths of at least two people, according to Oregon authorities.

The California Highway Patrol arrested a 37-year-old woman, Anita Esquivel, for starting fires along Highway 101. The police say they don't believe she is a member of antifa but they don't have a motive yet.


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