Get thought-provoking perspectives with our weekly newsletter. What followed, in hundreds of comments below the post, was a verbal civil war, pitting rumormongers and right-wing conspiracy theorists against more rational citizens. Kate Brown said she expects the state’s uncontrolled wildfires to get worse as high winds and hot, dry weather fuel fires up and down the West Coast. President Trump has approved Oregon’s request for an emergency declaration, which will include aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide temporary housing for displaced residents and additional firefighting resources. Opinion: Dirty campaign tricks from Big Tobacco? There is no evidence that the suspects were motivated by politics, despite conspiracies that such an animus has fueled the fires that have burned more than a million acres (1,500 square miles), OregonLive reported. Press release. “It’s been very confusing,” Contreras said. Finally, a user named Debbie Cooley chimed in. we don’t have the luxury of renting an RV,” Justice said. “ The covid thing turned us upside down, and now this.”. She feared being separated from her family members, so she spent the past two nights sleeping in her car beside their packed RV. Rumors have spread across social media, claiming that the wildfires in Oregon were set by political activists. This debate lacked the frequent interruptions of the first one, but on the substance Trump still said plenty of things our readers did not like. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn disputed a story claiming he is distancing himself from President Trump this election cycle, saying he and the president are more often on the same side when it comes to policy. In the midst of historically destructive and deadly wildfires in Oregon, false rumors have surfaced claiming anti-fascists have been arrested for started the fires. Robin Abcarian is an opinion columnist at the Los Angeles Times. The Aliso Canyon leak was an environmental disaster. Neither rumor is true. It can certainly move them to becoming a participant.”. Those questions and answers are below: No incidents of looting have been confirmed. Proposition 15 on the California state ballot would require taxation of commercial and industrial properties, except commercial agriculture, at their market value. Endorsements. Trump’s remarks about Lincoln at the debate fit a pattern of U.S. leaders alluding to the Civil War and 16th president to navigate turbulent times. Brown said the Oregonian communities of Detroit, Blue River, Vida, Phoenix, and Talent are “substantially destroyed.”. Obviously there are more to track down and arrest. Healy, Jack and Mike Baker. The FBI has also officially refuted such reports. At least six men in Oregon have been accused of intentionally setting blazes during the state’s devastating wildfire season, according to a report. As wildfires scorch the West Coast, misinformation is blazing across social media. They were huge.”. Where to vote. Your California Privacy Rights Our readers were still unimpressed. Your Ad Choices . “Meme Recycles Conspiracy Theory on California Wildfires.” FactCheck.org. 26,124, This story has been shared 23,527 times. But they had barely begun to make headway when dense smoke limited firefighters’ ability to fly, said Doug Grafe, chief of fire protection for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Dee Perez comforts Michael Reynolds in the ruins of his home destroyed in the Almeda Fire in Talent, Oregon. 2. “All we can do now is pray, pray that God hears us.”. Wisconsin’s coronavirus overflow hospital has its first patient. On Wednesday, cities in Marion County from Salem to Woodburn registered as “Beyond Index” on the federal AirNow air quality index. Increasingly hot, dry conditions contribute to the spread of wildfires, but rumors — like the ones seen in Oregon — often overshadow that issue on social media. “Jedediah was mad because the guy from (the Douglas Forest Protection Association) would not help him and not give him a ride to town,” authorities wrote in a probable cause affidavit. The Times endorses one incumbent and three newcomers for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. Douglas County Sheriff has 6 ANTIFA arsonists in custody. Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Here’s how to tell if it might also be racist. Zoom in to see fire perimeters and evacuation zones. Hundreds of families from around the state are evacuating to the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem along with their pets and livestock. Authorities are working hard to rebut the rumors, with little success. HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. —Wildfires across the West Coast have killed at least 19 people in California and have ravaged more than a million acres of land in Oregon, where dozens of people were missing and tens of thousands of residents evacuated their homes amid some of the most dangerous air conditions in the world. On Friday afternoon, Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler announced arson charges against a 41-year-old man in connection to at least one portion of the Almeda Fire that tore through the county. After days of high temperatures and dry winds, cooler weather Friday allowed firefighters to begin to contain some of the 16 fires across the state. Dozens of Oregonians were reported missing as the fires swept through communities, authorities said, including small towns in southern Oregon’s Jackson County, where hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed by blazes early in the week. The Lionshead and Santiam fires have burned more than 200,000 acres combined while the Holiday Farm Fire in the Willamette Forest has grown from 37,000 acres to more than 100,000 acres in less than two days. Human-caused wildfires are on the rise in Oregon and the forestry department lays some of the blame on COVID-19. I’m with @MrOlmos and @PDocumentariansnone of us are white. Chances for rain as well as 70 degree temperatures are forecast in Marion County on next Tuesday. President Trump, who has allied himself closely with evangelicals but spoken little of his personal faith, released a new statement of his religious identification. Despite that, some residents of Molalla — a city under a mandatory evacuation order due to its proximity to the Riverside fire, which has burned more than 130,000 acres so far — refused to leave. Unable to find room for their 10 family members in a shelter the night before, the family stretched a tarp over their cars and created a makeshift tent. Facebook. “There’s already reports that antifa’s in town, going down the streets looting,” one man, Editor’s note: FactCheck.org is one of several organizations, to debunk misinformation shared on social media. Lots of threats… For what you ask? Useful Idiots: Zoomin Toobin, How to Pitch Biden to Voters, and Analyzing Polls With Ben Tulchin, Tekashi 6ix9ine Transforms Into a ‘Supervillain’ in New Teaser for Showtime, ‘Rolling Stone’ Doc, Steve Perry: ‘My Heart Bleeds Daily to Be in Front of People And to Sing for Them’, How to Watch UFC 254 Online: Live Stream Khabib vs. Gaethje on ESPN+, The Best Home Speakers for Room-Filling Sound, Jay-Z Details New Cannabis Brand ‘Monogram’, Ghislaine Maxwell Will Never Tell Us Anything, Twitter, Facebook Allow Pizzagate-Esque Conspiracy Theories to Spread About Hunter Biden. antifa, Oregon, west coast wildfires, wildfires. Oregon officials also found themselves battling misinformation about the cause of the blazes. The Molalla Police Department took to Facebook to address the “overwhelming” number of questions it had received regarding similar rumors. CNN commentator Van Jones said President Trump would get more credit for his policies among black voters if it weren't for his personal messaging. “I’ve lived in this country for three decades and I’ve never had something like this happen to me, in the street with no place to sleep,” Juarez said, bundled under donated blankets. Swenson, Ali. “There’s already reports that antifa’s in town, going down the streets looting,” one man reportedly said. South of the city of Molalla, Oregon, the Willhoit Fire has burned at least one home and threatens 10 other structures. Editorial: Five years after the Aliso Canyon methane leak, California is still too reliant on fossil fuels. There have also been subsequent reports that armed militants have been on the prowl for “antifa” members. Why Are Men So Compelled to Defend Jacking Off on a Work Zoom? 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