Two arrests for starting fires in dry grass as Washington wildfires continue

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.


On Thursday, another pedestrian was spotted lighting a match in the grass at State Route 512 and State Route 7. The incident was observed by a citizen who called 911. After a short foot chase, Burke said, the person is in custody and on his way to jail.

Source: Two arrests for starting fires in dry grass as wildfires continue statewide

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