FACT CHECK: Were 7 Antifa Members Arrested In Medford, Oregon For Starting The Wildfires?

FACT CHECK: Were 7 Antifa Members Arrested In Medford, Oregon For Starting The Wildfires?


An image shared on Facebook claims seven antifa activists were arrested in Medford, Oregon for starting the wildfires.

Verdict: False

The Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office debunked the claim. The FBI office in Portland said rumors that “extremists” started the wildfires in Oregon are “untrue.”

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Fact Check: 

Misinformation has in recent days circulated about the origins of the wildfires raging on the West Coast. This particular Facebook post claims seven antifa activists were arrested in Medford for starting the fires in Oregon.

“7 antifa members in custody for starting the fires,” reads the post. “Police scanner Medford.”

The Medford Police Department debunked the claim that it had arrested people affiliated with antifa for arson on Sept. 9. The department said in a Facebook post, “We did not arrest this person for arson, nor anyone affiliated with Antifa or ‘Proud Boys’ as we’ve heard throughout the day. Also, no confirmed gatherings of Antifa which has also been reported.”

“There was an arrest for arson and there is no information the suspect has any connections to Antifa or Proud Boys which has also been falsely reported,” Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford Police Department said

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