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Oregon residents are illegally stopping drivers at gunpoint during wildfire evacuations, sheriff says

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Suspicions of looting have driven some residents of an Oregon county to illegally stop unfamiliar drivers at gunpoint, all while much of the county is under an evacuation order as wildfires rage.

(CNN)Suspicions of looting have driven some residents of an Oregon county to illegally stop unfamiliar drivers at gunpoint, all while much of the county is under an evacuation order as wildfires rage.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said several people in the county, in efforts to "protect property," had been conducting armed checkpoints, stopping cars they didn't recognize.

The sheriff's office has already reached out to "a number of them," he said.

Roberts said dispatchers received a 400% increase in calls out of the county for suspicious people since the fires began.

As of Friday, there were at least five wildfires burning in Clackamas County, including the major Riverside and Beachie Creek fires.

Unsubstantiated reports about looting and political groups causing intentional damage have divided county officials.

Jeff Smith of the sheriff's office said a sergeant "on the street" had reported that members of Antifa, a broad term for groups of far-left protesters, were armed with chainsaws and intentionally toppling telephone poles to start further fires.

He also said there were confirmed reports of looting near the outskirts of the county, though the sheriff's office has not publicly confirmed this.

Smith said only the one sergeant had been told by informants that Antifa members were intentionally setting fires, though he presented the information as fact.

The FBI's Portland office said last week that "reports that extremists are setting wildfires in Oregon are untrue. " Neighboring Oregon sheriff's offices have debunked reports that Antifa is intentionally setting fires.

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