This morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation put out a statement, debunking rumors about Antifa arsonists.
"Conspiracy theories and misinformation take valuable resources away local fire and police agencies working around the clock to bring these fires under control. Please help our entire community by only sharing validated information from official sources."
In addition, this morning, Oregon's Public Utility Commission issued a statement, saying it was investigating the possibility of downed power lines causing some of the fires currently burning in Oregon.
This from the Oregon PUC:
"At this point the PUC has no information attributing any specific wildfire to Oregon’s regulated utilities," said PUC Chair Megan Decker. "As with every major fire, full investigations will deliver the facts that we need to determine root causes, including information about whether utility lines were a primary ignition source. Accurate, objectively determined facts are what we need to keep Oregonians safe from rapidly evolving fire threats in a changing climate."
"In addition to reviewing the results of fire investigations conducted by others, which ultimately will determine the cause of each wildfire, the PUC is committed to rapidly incorporating any lessons that may be learned from this unprecedented weather event into our ongoing work on utility wildfire mitigation in preparation for future extreme weather events."
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office debunks arson rumor in Redmond
Meanwhile, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office posted this on its Facebook page this morning, debunking another report of an alleged arson in Redmond:
"ACCURATE INFORMATION REGARDING POSSIBLE ARSON ATTEMPT OFF HWY 126 THIS MORNING
"At approximately 8:20 am this morning, deputies were dispatched to a second hand report of a possible arson attempt in the 1200 block of NW 101st Street near Redmond. A witness reported seeing a male attempt to start fire in some grass. Deputies responded and attempted to locate the vehicle, a red Subaru wagon, as it left the scene. They also responded to the incident location to investigate and recover any evidence. The vehicle was never located and the investigation at the scene found only a likely pile of human vomit. No burnt grass or any other evidence of a fire was located. Please continue to follow official sources for accurate information on fire activity in Deschutes County."
So in that case, it was someone puking, not someone starting fires.
Helpful fire resources:
For those looking for the most up-to-date information on evacuations, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management's interactive database has the most recent information.
The Central Oregon Fire Information website offers daily updates on fires in the region, and recommends people text "COFIRE" to 888-777 to receive wildfire and prescribed burn text alerts for the area.
The Oregon Wildfire Resources web page lists evacuation centers, road closures and other helpful information.
People can donate and help the evacuees directly at the website for the Red Cross Cascades Region.
Evacuees should register on the Red Cross' Safe and Well website to let family and friends know their whereabouts. See our earlier fire update from Friday morning here.