Oregon man arrested for starting fires in woods

Joshua Sarles, 29, was arrested June 16, 2014 for reckless burning and disorderly conduct. (DCSO)
Joshua Sarles, 29, was arrested June 16, 2014 for reckless burning and disorderly conduct. (DCSO)

SISTERS, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Deschutes County man was arrested Monday on claims he intentionally started several fires in the woods near Sisters, Ore.

Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were called to a reported domestic dispute around 10 a.m. Monday in the Tollgate subdivision just west of Sisters.

Upon arrival, the deputies met with the reporting party, who said Joshua Sarles had just left “to start a fire in the woods.”

Not long after a column of smoke was seen near Graham Corral, an area west of Tollgate.

Sarles, 29, eventually returned to the subdivision residence, according to the sheriff’s office, where he was met by a deputy and US Forest Service officer.

A brief investigation revealed Sarles had started three fires in Graham Corral, all of which were put out before any damage could be done, DCSO reports.

A fourth fire, which consumed 2.2 acres not far from the other fires, has not been linked to Sarles despite investigators’ belief it was human-caused.

Sarles was arrested for reckless burning and disorderly conduct.

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