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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.

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