SEVERE WX : Wind Advisory View Alerts

Police Investigate Serial Arsonist Near Cave Junction

Fire crews say that they spent the night extinguishing 6 separate grass fires near Cave Junction—all apparently started by a single person.

Posted: May 11, 2018 11:10 AM
Updated: May 11, 2018 6:20 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Fire crews from the Illinois Valley Fire District (IVFD) said that they spent Thursday night putting out a spate of grass fires that witnesses report were intentionally set by an unknown suspect.

IVFD units responded to the first call of a grass fire just after 10 p.m., near the area of N Boundary and Lister Streets in Cave Junction. Neighbors said that they saw a woman walking through the area, using a road flare to set piles of trash on fire.

After arriving at the first fire, IVFD firefighters ended up extinguishing six separate grass fires—beginning at N Boundary and Lister but extending out to W River, Ollis Road, and W Maple.

Some of the fires were set just outside the fenceline of Evergreen Elementary School.

IVFD Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members closed off W River Street for a short time to ensure that fire crews were protected from traffic. CERT thanked the public in a statement for their patience and understanding.

Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating the arson reports associated with this case.

Article Comments

35° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 31°
43° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 43°
Crater Lake
25° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 25°
Grants Pass
34° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 34°
Klamath Falls
25° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 25°
Dry & Mild Saturday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events