Sheriff Craig Roberts of Oregon’s Glaucomas County said Wednesday that law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are battling conspiracy theories that Antifa militants are setting fires and cutting power connections.
“Every tip that comes in, we follow it to the end,” Roberts said, but investigators generally find that the tipsters’ information came from a “friend of a friend” with no evidence. On one occasion, Roberts said a group of people had stockpiled petrol cans in the woods to start a fire, in fact the “good Samaritans” were helping emergency workers move fuel.
There are legitimate concerns surrounding the fire, Roberts said. Fifteen people have been arrested in connection with the looting in the evacuation zones, he said, adding that none of them had any terrorist links. He reiterated that it was illegal for individuals to set up their own weapons checkpoints.
“We do not want armed citizens to detain people inappropriately,” he said.
The governor says fire is a sign of climate change
“The basic facts cannot be denied,” Newsom said. “Trends are not going in the right direction.”
Newsom on Wednesday said it had “confronted the president directly” about climate change – a video of the press conference from the beginning of this week shows a smooth exchange between leaders.
“I think there’s a way to reach people, and the good guys can’t accept this,” Newsom said. “We are moving forward. As far as we ask, I believe we are.”
However, he said he did not expect Trump to “radically change course.”
“I will continue to be stubborn because I imagine he will be like that, it’s not a belief system, it’s data,” he said. “Science. You have to admit the facts.”
California ‘Wildfire Ripe’
The August Complex fire is the largest in California history, consuming more than 817,000 acres and continues to burn. Officials said it was not going anywhere as soon as the warming trend returned over the weekend.
“California is dry and wildfire ripe because there is no significant rainfall in sight,” Calfire said.
The government saw the impact of the recent drought last month when an intense heat wave ignited. 136 million trees Newsom said it did not survive the lack of rain.
In these round fires, thousands of buildings have been destroyed. One of them is Brian Mercoyan’s dream house.
But in Northern California, smoke conditions and visibility are improving, according to the Bay Area Office of the National Weather Service.
“There is still smoke in some parts of northern and inland #California, but parts of the #SanFrancisco area are finally seeing the blue sky – it’s not taken as an order,” the office tweeted.
School resumes as Oregon fighting continues
Christie Perry, supervisor at Salem-Geiser Public Schools, said the wildfire has made the district “little rocker of everything” going online for instruction by the corona virus infection.
The school district has about 41,000 students. Perry told KPTV that students’ lives are often affected by smoking. Some employees were forced to leave, he said.
“I told this to my counseling kids a few times today and it seemed like everything was going to be alright,” said author Macy Bowser. “It’s all going out.”
In The Dolls, Oregon, after 14 hours of fighting the Lionshead fire, the crew fell to the ground exhausted. Theodore Heiner, the group’s boss, said they gathered the energy to sing together the parody of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” using fire words for the songs.
Due to the unprecedented fire, some residents worked to save their own homes.
“My house is still there, my whole block is there because we went there and fought,” Richardson told KDU. “I was there. I saw the city burning. I spent 14 hours trying to get it out with the others.”