Utah man suspected of starting four wildfires in Central Oregon

LA PINE, Ore. – A Utah man is suspected of starting four wildfires along a Central Oregon highway last month and Oregon authorities believe he may be responsible for more fires around the Northwest.

Christopher Glen Wilson, 37, was arrested on Sept. 3 after he entered Oregon on Interstate 84 near Ontario. Oregon State Police said Wilson was driving a stolen 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

Wilson, who lives in Salt Lake City, is the suspect in a string of four wildfires that started Aug. 29 south of La Pine on Highway 97. Three of the fires were quickly contained, but the fourth fire, later known as the McKay Fire, grew to more than 1,200 acres, OSP said.

A Deschutes County grand jury indicted Wilson on three counts of first-degree arson. He also faces charges of reckless endangerment and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Police believe Wilson may be responsible for more fires around the region. OSP is asking anyone with information about Wilson or the stolen car he was driving to call 503-375-3555.

The car has a U.S. Army sticker on the rear window.

There are currently 26 active wildfires across the state of Oregon. The Eagle Creek Fire in the gorge is also believed to be human caused. The suspect in that fire is a 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Wash. 

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