Klamath Falls, Ore. – A Cave Junction man is in the Klamath County jail on arson charges.
Crews were called to put out several fires on Old Fort Road north of Klamath Falls just before 7:30 Thursday evening.
“The reporting party down the road with the other land owners had seen a fire, so she called it in.” Said neighbor John Pellissier. “And I just stopped by to help out until the fire department showed up.”
Toni Brimmer of Klamath County Fire District #1 says investigators believe that the fires were started on purpose…
“As our crews responded, they encountered multiple fires and a suspicious person walking up that may have been setting fires – the person was detained by O.S.P. at that time.”
Two witnesses identified the man as 33 year old Johnathan David Vigil of Cave Junction.
Vigil is charged with first-degree arson, reckless burning, and disorderly conduct.
Fire crews were able to hold each of the fires to less than a tenth of an acre.
“We have six confirmed, all fires are under control.” Noted Toni Brimmer. “We’re continuing to mop up on a fire that did get into the trees, and a large slash pile.”
There were no reports of any injuries, or structures damaged as a result of the fires.
Oregon State Police reports say that vigil was in possession of 2 Bic lighters, and a knife with a flint fire starter.
Police say Vigil also had singed hair on his face at the time of his arrest.