SALEM, Ore. -- The head of the U.S. Forest Service is challenging an Oregon sheriff's arrest of a Forest Service staff member.
Randy Moore is chief of the U.S. Forest Service, and he said today the arrest was highly inappropriate under the circumstances. Moore has denounced the arrest of Forest Service "burn boss" Rick Snodgrass this month.
Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley handcuffed Snodgrass before he was taken away October 19, as Snodgrass’ crew was working on a wildfire. McKinley arrested Snodgrass after a planned burn in a national forest spread onto private land.
Snodgrass went to the Grant County Jail, where he was conditionally released.