2 men wounded in separate shootings in Southeast Portland overnight

Oregon Man Arrested for Starting Brush Fire Set 6 More After Release

Portland cops: Man started small brush fire with Molotov cocktail

With the West Coast ravaged by wildfires, an OR man was recently arrested for adding to the devastation.

Roughly an hour later, authorities said some officers were flagged down by a witness who indicated that a man in a nearby tent was involved in the fire.

A brush fire on East Burnside at Interstate 205 ignited around 4:30 on Sunday afternoon. Officials have said more people are missing from other fires, and the number of fatalities is likely to rise, though they have not said how high the toll could go as they search.

Officers recovered a plastic bottle with a wick and seized it as evidence, posting a photo of it in their report.

Barely 12 hours later, on Monday morning around 3 a.m., Lopez was allegedly back at it.

The Portland Police Department said in a statement that firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and there were no structural damages.

No one was injured and no structures were damaged due to the fires, but OR is now battling wildfires that have "substantially destroyed" multiple towns, according to the governor. After his first arrest, he faced charges of reckless burning and disorderly conduction.

Police then found the same suspect as the previous evening and arrested him once again, seizing a lighter as evidence.

As well as Lopez Jr., four other people have been arrested on suspicion of starting fires on the West Coast. He is undergoing a mental health evaluation. He was issued additional citations for six counts of reckless burning. He could also face charges of arson.

KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.

The victim of the shooting was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

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