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Three suspicious La Pine-area wildfires investigated as arson; tips sought

Rosland Road Fire COIDC 718-2
C.O. Fire Management Service
Rosland Road Fire burns fiercely in July 2020
Finley fire Deborah McKeever 78
Deborah McKeever
Smoke plume rises from new Finley Fire southeast of La Pine on Wednesday
Paulina Lake Fire Kurtis Jay Cook 75
Kurtis Jay Cook
Smoke billows from new Paulina Lake Fire burning Sunday near Paulina Lake Road

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officials sought help from the public Tuesday as they investigate as possible arson three suspicious wildfires in southern Deschutes County this month.

Law enforcement is asking the public for any information or tips that could assist in the ongoing arson investigation. The fires being investigated include:

  • The Rosland Road Fire was reported around 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 near Rosland Road and Newberry Estates, 4 miles NE of La Pine. The fire was contained at 393 acres.
  • The Finley Fire was reported at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 near Darlene Way and Finley Butte Road, approximately 2 miles east of La Pine. The fire was contained at 45 acres.
  • The Paulina Lake Fire was reported at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 5 near Highway 97 and Forest Road 21, approximately 6 miles NE of La Pine. The fire was contained at 48 acres.

The public is asked to call the Forest Service Arson tip line at 541-383-5717 and leave a message with any information that could help identify a potential suspect or suspect vehicle. 

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    1. It’s happened here before more than once.
      Years ago a girl broke up with her boyfriend and he started several fires to get her attention. Got him jail time instead

  1. Yes, it happens and no the companies sure don’t encourage it. All it takes is one or two bad apples. But, not once in a while. Sometimes, once in a while, the cops do catch them.

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