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The Washington Examiner

Victor I. Nava, Overnight News Editor

July 28, 2022

A man suspected of intentionally starting wildfires in the woods of southwest Oregon on Monday was detained by locals who tied him to tree until police could arrive, authorities say.

The U.S. Forest Service received reports of active fires in a remote area of Oregon on Monday only accessible by river or Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management roads, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. A suspect had also been seen walking along a gravel road in the area starting fires. Ground crews quickly contained the fires, according to police, and the suspect, 30-year-old Trennon Smith, was detained by three local residents who were forced to tie him to a tree until authorities could arrive.

"Three local residents of that area located the suspect walking on the roadway near the fires and detained him until law enforcement arrived on scene. It was reported that the suspect became very combative with the three residents and had to be tied to a tree to subdue him," Curry County Sheriff John Ward said in a statement.

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