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Oregon State Police troopers are asking for the public's help in gathering information on a suspect who may have been involved in wildland fires throughout the northwest.

Troopers arrested Christopher Glen Wilson, 37, of Salt Lake City, Utah, on Sept. 3 after a "collaborative law enforcement effort" identified him as a suspect in a series of fires in eastern Oregon. 

The four wildland fires broke out along Highway 97 between the area of Lava River Cave and Mile Post 180 south of La Pine. They have been under investigation since Aug. 29. 

Three of the fires were contained at less than two acres and the fourth fire, which was later called the McKay Fire near La Pine, grew to approximately 1,219 acres. 

Troopers picked up Wilson as he entered Oregon on Interstate 84 near Ontario driving a stolen 2016 Hyundai Sonata. He was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and booked into the Malheur County Jail, but on Sept. 8, he was indicted by a Deschutes County Grand Jury for three counts of first-degree arson and reckless endangerment.

The agency is now seeking public input on whether Wilson may be connected to other fires. Anyone with any information on Wilson or saw the blue Sonata he was driving, which has a "distinct" sticker in the back window, in any of the areas known to have wildland fires, is asked to call OSP at 503-375-3555.

Detectives from the OSP Arson Unit were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, United States Forest Service, and other law enforcement agencies in investigating the case. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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