At least four people have been arrested on suspicion of arson in incidents connected to the massive wildfires now blazing across the western United States, according to authorities in California, Oregon, and Washington.
A number of false reports surfaced this week, pinning several fires on “antifascist activists” — reports that, the FBI says, turned out to untrue upon investigation by federal, state, and local authorities, despite a flood of reports.
Reports that extremists are setting wildfires in Oregon are untrue. Help us stop the spread of misinformation by only sharing information from trusted, official sources. pic.twitter.com/ENc4c3kjep
— FBI Portland (@FBIPortland) September 11, 2020
Those rumors are believed to stem from a Tweet from the Portland, Oregon, police department warning protesters, who have been holding protests in the city every night for the past three months. The Portland PD warned demonstrators, earlier this week, that setting fires could lead to much larger, more destructive blazes.
“To those attending