One of the wildfires devastating Oregon is being probed as a possible arson after human remains were found — as the death toll from historic blazes ravaging the West Coast climbed to at least 23, with dozens still missing early Friday.
The fire that started in Ashland — and destroyed at least 600 homes and more than 3,000 acres of land — is an “active criminal investigation” after two bodies were found, Jackson County Sheriff Nate Sickler told the Medford Mail Tribune.
“We are still in the early stages,” Sickler said of his department’s Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit. “Nothing’s been ruled out,” he said of the fire that spread “at an extreme rate” after starting Tuesday.
Ashland police chief Tighe O’Meara also told Reuters that the devastating blaze — dubbed the Almeda fire — was being treated as suspicious.
“We have good reason to believe that there was a human element to it,” he said. “We’re going