Oregon wildfire under criminal arson investigation, police say

The cause of the deadly Almeda Fire in southern Oregon is now under criminal investigation for potential arson, Ashland police chief Tighe O’Meara, reportedly said Thursday.

The circumstances surrounding the fire are suspicious, O’Meara said, without going into detail. Authorities in the state have cautioned against rumors that wildfires may have been set by political activists, Reuters reported.

The fire sparked in Ashland Tuesday and although it mostly spared the Oregon Shakespeare…

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