Man seen starting fires at Oregon state park, fire chief says

by KMTR Staff

Wednesday, September 9th 2020

DEXTER, Ore. (KMTR) — Firefighters responded Wednesday to someone attempting to start fires at Dexter State Recreation Area, the fire chief said in a social media post.

The state park site is along Highway 58, one of the few travel corridors in Oregon not presently impacted by heavy fire activity.

Dexter Rural Fire confirmed the posts is from Chief Matt Peterson. We are working to confirm additional details.

"I don't ever do this," the chief posted, "but this is ridiculous!!!"

Peterson said a middle-aged man with arm tattoos was seen "lighting two fires in the bushes as you turn towards the dam."

The chief said "several good Samaritans extinguished the fire prior to our arrival."

He asked the public to be on the lookout for a man with a black German Shepherd driving a green Ford or Chevy SUV. Anyone with information about the man is asked to contact law enforcement.

The nation is at fire preparedness level 5, or PL 5. That means most firefighting resources are already committed to incidents, and few crews are available to send to new, emerging fires.

Oregon is facing several large wildfires up and down the western half of the state, many of which are burning out of control - and some of which have burned through neighborhoods and whole towns.

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