13 People Have Been Arrested for Arson in Oregon. Despite False Claims
As wildfires burned across the West Coast, debate is raging on the internet over what exactly is causing the fires. Climate change, human acts of arson, or both. Despite the FBI's false information on the subject. Claiming No arson was involved in any of the fires.
This is clearly not the case with more then a few national News outlets reporting several arrest were in fact made for arson on the west coast. So What gives? Why try and cover up what is all over the news already.
Even radio host Glenn Beck pointed out on Wednesday, it appears the left and Big Tech have already made their determination and have resolved to make that everyone else's determination, too.
Over the past week, PolitiFact summarily shot down allegations of human-made fires and Facebook announced a sweeping policy to flag and remove posts on the platform suggesting as much.
But that story only flies as far as you can throw it. The fact of the matter is, many fires were in fact set by arsonist. And were reported on by many reputable news sources in California, Oregon, and Washington state.
While reasonable people might argue about the extent to which climate change and/or poor forest management made the fires worse, than they may otherwise have been, there can be no doubt that many of these fires would not have existed at all if they had not been intentionally started by humans.
Here are just a few Arsonist who were Arrested in connection with the west coast fires.
Antifa Radical Arrested for Arson in Washington State was Caught on Highway Live-Streaming on Facebook Before Arrest.
On Wednesday evening a Washington man named Jeffrey Acord called 911 to report a fire on the side of SR-167 near Pallyup, Washington. After calling the police, Mr. Acord then set to live streaming himself to his Facebook Page. The video was later posted to YouTube. During the video you can see the police question Acord and after a period of time, the video ends as they arrest him for Reckless Burning 2nd Degree.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 41-year-old transient was arrested on arson and drug charges after a fire was set during the Almeda Fire that destroyed much of the southern Oregon town of Phoenix.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office made it clear that Michael Jarrod Bakkela is charged for an arson that “is separate from the Almeda Fire investigation.”
Investigators said the fire was set behind a home in the 1100 block of Quail Lane off
Barnum Drive, between Highway 99 and the railroad tracks. Residents called 911 shortly after 5 p.m. on September 8 to report a man lighting a fire.
When law enforcement arrived, they said “Bakkela was standing close to a very large fire threatening several homes.”
Bakkela is being held in the Jackson County Jail for 2 counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief and 14 counts of reckless endangering plus a probation violation for possession of more than 2 ounces of meth.
The investigation into the cause of the Almeda Fire continues.
Man arrested on arson allegation in wildfire west of Eugene, Oregon.
Deputies say A 44-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of arson in a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 acres and prompted evacuations west of Eugene.
Deputies say Elias Newton Pendergrass is accused of first-degree arson in the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 fire, which covers 382 acres near the community of Mapleton.
Pendergrass, a Mapleton resident, is being
held in the Lane County Jail. The county sheriff’s office didn’t provide details about the arson allegation in a news release Tuesday afternoon.
Officials have previously said several fires started Sunday afternoon and that they were managing the blazes as a single fire.
Some area residents are still under evacuation, while others have been told to be ready or set to leave. The blaze is estimated to be 15% contained, fire officials said early Wednesday.
HANNIBAL, Missouri. A Hannibal man has been arrested for arson following a weekend fire, according to police.
Lieutenant J.M. Grote reported Tuesday that Robert Karlinski, 38, had been taken into custody on Monday for arson following a structure fire in the 1200 block of Center Street on Sunday.
Grote stated a warrant was issued by the Circuit Court of Marion County Associate Division charging Karlinski with Arson Frist Degree. His bond was set at $100,000.00 cash.
A transient man has been arrested for felony arson in Sonora after a witness reported seeing the man purposely start a fire.
On Tuesday morning, officers rushed to the 600 block of South Washington Street after being alerted to the alleged crime by a passerby. The caller reported that they witnessed a man light a stick on fire and then throw it onto the ground. SPD relays that the witness then stomped on the burning stick before it could start a fire.
Once on scene, officers were directed to 30-year-old transient Jesse Peterson nearby. After questioning, he was subsequently arrested for arson during a state of emergency, which is a felony. Police inform that he remains in the Tuolumne County Jail on $50,000 bail.
SPD reminds the public that Tuolumne County remains under a Red Flag Warning for critical fire growth potential until 8 p.m. this evening.
It should be noted that these are only a few of the instances in which law enforcement were able to catch the individuals allegedly starting fires, as well as only the instances in which the suspects names have been released. There have been more reported arrests.
While information is still being collected about the fires across the West Coast, it's fair to call it malpractice to brush aside claims that criminals are responsible for starting many of the fires.