Federal Forest Service worker arrested in Oregon

JOHN DAY, Ore. – A federal Forest Service worker was arrested in Oregon this week after a prescribed fire got out of control.

The incident happened at Starr 6 controlled burn in Malheur National Forest.

The burn-boss in charge of the fire was arrested by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office after the fire escaped and burned about 20 acres of private land.

A Forest Service spokesperson said the employee was doing an approved prescribed burn.

He was sent to jail Wednesday and charged with reckless burning.

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