"As Washington is continuing to battle fires statewide during dangerous conditions, some people have been making it worse by starting fires in dry grass. Two people have been arrested so far for these acts, according to Trooper Ryan Burke.
Burke is the Washington State Patrol District 1 Public Information Officer for Pierce and Thurston counties. He tweeted Wednesday that a 36-year-old Puyallup resident was caught in the median on State Route 167 at Meridian for setting a fire. He is now in jail."
"A 44-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of arson in a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 acres and prompted evacuations west of Eugene, deputies say.
Elias Newton Pendergrass is accused of first-degree arson in the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 fire, which covers 382 acres near the community of Mapleton. Pendergrass, a Mapleton resident, is being held in the Lane County Jail."
"A woman is behind bars after she is suspected of starting fires in east Spokane on Monday.
According to Spokane Police, Officer Mohondro arrived on scene he saw some grass and a pallet on fire outside of a commercial business. SPD said there were no power lines around and there did not seem to be a reason for the start of the fire unless it was human caused. "
"SALINAS, Calif. (KION) The California Highway Patrol confirms that a woman has been arrested after being accused of intentionally starting fires.
They said it happened on Highway 101 near Boronda Road, and it was first reported just after 9 a.m. The number of fires was not released.
The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Anita Esquivel, is booked into the Monterey County Jail arson."
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