As the left continues their push to suggest that climate change is to blame for the west coast wildfires – more arrests continue to occur, suggesting that many of these fires are the result of arson and may even be coordinated attacks.
An Oregon man was arrested for using a Molotov cocktail to start a wildfire and quickly released. Less than 24 hours later – the man was back in police custody after starting six more known fires.
Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, was arrested after using a Molotov cocktail “to start a small brush fire,” the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement Monday.
“On Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 4:35p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to assist Portland Fire and Rescue with a brush fire in the 9600 block of East Burnside Street,” the statement reads. “Officers saw that a section of grass along the I-205 freeway was burning. Firefighters extinguished the fire. No one was injured and no structures were damaged.”
“About an hour later, East officers were flagged down by a witness who pointed out the suspect in a nearby tent,” the statement continues. “Officers arrested the suspect, who confirmed he lit the fire with the device.”
Authorities booked Lopez Jr. into the Multnomah County Detention Center “on charges of Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree,” the statement adds. “Arson investigators are also doing follow-up to see if other charges are warranted.”
“The alleged arson comes as Oregon is one of the worst hit by wildfires devastating the West Coast, with at least 10 dead in the Beaver State,” the New York Post notes.
After being booked into jail at 6:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon – Lopez Jr. was released hours later to go on to start more fires.
“On Monday, September 14, 2020, at 3:37a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched with Portland Fire and Rescue to a report of multiple fires burning along the west side of the I-205 freeway,” the Portland Police Bureau said in a separate statement.
“Portland Fire and Rescue extinguished three of them while passing community members put out the other three. All were caught early. No one was injured and no structures were burnt. Officers located Domingo Lopez, Junior walking along the shoulder and arrested him. They seized a lighter as evidence.”
The suspect was cited six additional times on counts of Reckless Burning and was transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Many of the recent fires that have destroyed the air quality of much of the west coast have been man-made. One of the major fires that recently hit the West Coast was allegedly caused by a pyrotechnic device that was used during a gender reveal party.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued a press release stating:
“CAL FIRE Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party. The fire began at 10:23 am on September 5, 2020 in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. The fire spread from the park to the north on to Yucaipa Ridge that separates Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls from the City of Yucaipa. CAL FIRE reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn’t take much to start a wildfire. Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially responsible and criminally responsible.”
Nevertheless, the left continues to claim these fires are a result of climate change and blame – of course – President Trump.