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3 people arrested in Oregon accused of setting up illegal roadblocks near wildfire evacuation zones

September 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

OREGON CITY, OR - September 10: Oregon residents evacuate north along highway Highway 213 on September 9, 2020 near Oregon City, Oregon. Multiple wildfires grew by hundreds of thousands of acres Thursday, prompting large-scale evacuations throughout the state. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Three people in Multnomah County, Oregon, are accused of setting up an illegal roadblock north of the Riverside Fire evacuation zone this week.

(CNN)Three people in Multnomah County, Oregon, are accused of setting up an illegal roadblock north of the Riverside Fire evacuation zone this week.

There are 59 uncontained fires burning in the West, the NIFC said Friday.

Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese had issued a public warning last week telling people that civilian roadblocks are not allowed.

"The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will not tolerate this type of illegal activity," Reese said in a statement announcing the charges.

We encourage people to call the Sheriff's Office to report suspicious activity, and to not take action on their own. "

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said Wednesday that his community was also getting complaints about illegal roadblocks.

Fifteen arrests have been made in connection with looting in evacuation zones, Roberts said, and some citizens are expressing concern.

He also said that it is illegal for any individuals to set up armed checkpoints.

"We do not want armed citizens inappropriately stopping people," Roberts said.

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