Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have taken into account conspiracy theories that Antifa extremists are setting fire and cutting power lines, Clackamas County, Oregon, Sheriff Craig Roberts said on Wednesday.
Roberts said, “Every single tip that comes to the end, we’re following it,” but investigators generally think the tippers’ information came from “a friend of a friend,” with no evidence. In one case, Roberts said a group reported stealing gasoline cans in the woods to start the fire, which was actually the “Good Samaritans”, helping to move fuel for emergency workers.
There are legitimate concerns around the fire, Roberts said. Fifteen people have been arrested in a case of looting in the evacuation zones – none with extremist ties, he said .. He also reiterated that it is illegal for individuals to set up their own armed checkpoints.
“We don’t want armed civilians to unreasonably detain people,” he said.
Governor says fire is a sign of climate change
“The fundamental facts cannot be denied,” Newsom said. “Trendlines are not going in the right direction.”
Newsom said Wednesday that he “directly confronted the president” on climate change – though a video of a press briefing earlier this week shows a gentler exchange between leaders.
“I think there is a way to contact people and good people can disagree,” Newsom said. “And I say that we are making progress and the extent to which we are being heard, I believe we are.”
However, he said he does not expect Trump to “fundamentally change course”.
He said, “I will remain stubborn, because I think it will be so. It is not a belief system, it is data.” “Science. You have to accept the facts.”
California ‘ripe for wild people’
The August Complex Fire is the largest in California history, consuming more than 817,000 acres, and continues to burn. And with the trend returning over the weekend, officials said it is unlikely to be anywhere anytime soon.
“California is dry and ripe due to no significant rainfall in sight,” Cal Fire said.
The state witnessed the effects of last month’s drought when an extreme heat wave sparked a fire. 136 million trees Newsome said he could not survive the lack of rain.
In this era of flames, thousands of buildings have been destroyed. One of them was Brian Merozian’s dream house.
According to the Bay Area Office of the National Weather Service, in Northern California, smoking conditions and visibility are improving.
The office tweeted, “There is still smoke in parts of the northern and interior #California but parts of the #Sanfrancisco area are being seen in the blue sky.”
Oregon fight continues as school begins
Salem-Keyser Public Schools Superintendent Christy Perry said the windfire has made “everything a little rockier” for the district that is going into online instruction.
The school district has about 41,000 students. Perry told KPTV that the students’ lives were mostly affected by the smoke. He said some staff members were forced to evacuate.
“I told this to my mentor kids a few times today, like it would all be alright,” teacher Massey Bower said. “It’s all about to work in its own way.”
In The Dallas, Oregon, the crew fell to exhaustion on the ground after a 14-hour day fighting the Lionhead Fire. The owner of the crew, Theodore Hyner, said they needed the energy to sing together the parody of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”, using fire-fighting words for the song.
With the fire on an unprecedented scale, some residents worked to save their homes.
“My house is still there, my entire block is there, because we went there and fought,” Richardson told KTU. “I went there, I saw the city burning, I was trying to keep it out for 14 hours with other people.”