While climate change seems to be the preferred cause of raging wildfires in the Pacific North West for many in the media, each day it seems dozens of fires appear to be deliberately set. One of these arson attacks was captured on a Kelso, Washington resident’s security camera.
In the viral video, you see a man casually walking down a residential street, and without a care in the world, the man is filmed bending over and appears to be lighting a bush on fire. The man then stood up and began to walk away while looking over his shoulder to make sure the attempted arson was successful. As the camera pans back to the bushes, a cloud of smoke is seen before the video cuts out.
PT News Network learned that the fire was quickly extinguished before it spread. Police were able to capture the arsonist, identified and arrested 26 year old Andnick Andreas of Kelso.
Andreas is currently in custody charged with attempting to start two fires in the neighborhood Monday. The Kelso Police Chief told PT News that there was no connection to any extremist group and that these were the only accounts of fires in his town in recent weeks. Andreas’s case has been referred to the county DA as a felony charge.
The Big Hollow wildfire, which is located roughly 40 miles southeast of Kelso has currently grown to 20,805 acres. 284 total fire personnel are currently battling this wildfire which is only 10% contained according to the latest update posted on InciWeb.