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Oregon man arrested after starting brush fire with Molotov cocktail accused of setting six more after he was released, police say

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An Oregon man was arrested after he admitted to setting a brush fire along a highway, police said, as wildfires burn through large swaths of the West Coast.

(CNN)An Oregon man was arrested after he admitted to setting a brush fire along a highway, police said, as wildfires burn through large swaths of the West Coast.

Then, they said, he set six more.

Domingo Lopez Jr. , 45, was booked Sunday afternoon after witnesses said he set a section of grass along the I-205 freeway on fire with what appears to be a Molotov Cocktail, according to a report by the Portland Police Bureau.

Lopez admitted to lighting the fire, and he was booked on charges of reckless burning and disorderly conduct in the second degree, according to the report.

He was arrested once again accused of setting six more small fires, all along the same freeway.

The news comes as wildfires continue wreaking havoc on the West Coast of the US, consuming more than 1 million acres of land in Oregon alone, Gov. Kate Brown said last week.

"Reports that extremists are setting wildfires in Oregon are untrue," the FBI's Portland field office said in a tweet Friday.

Lopez is set to receive a mental health evaluation, according to the report, and was given citations for six additional counts of reckless burning.

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