Deadly Oregon fire is under investigation as ARSON after body is found near the ...

The Almeda fire in Oregon that has so far killed two is now under investigation as a potential arson attack after a body was discovered near the start of the blaze.

Ashland Police Chief Tighe O'Meara announced Thursday a criminal investigation has been opened into the cause of the fire saying he believes the circumstances around the fire are 'suspicious'.

Investigators are looking into the possible connection between the blaze and the death of an unidentified individual, whose body was found near the origin of the fire. 

This comes as the National Weather Service (NWS) revealed a staggering 87 percent of all wildfires that have ravaged America this year were caused by humans. 

The Almeda fire in Oregon that has so far killed two is now under investigation as a potential arson attack after a body was discovered near the start of the blaze. Residents survey the remains of their home in Talent, Oregon, from the blaze Ashland Police Chief Tighe O'Meara announced Thursday a criminal investigation has been

The Almeda fire in Oregon that has so far killed two is now under investigation as a potential arson attack after a body was discovered near the start of the blaze. Residents survey the remains of their home in Talent, Oregon, from the blaze Ashland Police Chief Tighe O'Meara announced Thursday a criminal investigation has been

A displaced couple in Phoenix, Oregon, after the blaze tore through homes. A criminal investigation has been opened into the cause of the 'suspicious' fire

A displaced couple in Phoenix, Oregon, after the blaze tore through homes. A criminal investigation has been opened into the cause of the 'suspicious' fire

'We have good reason to believe that there was a human element to it,' O'Meara said of the Almeda fire Thursday. 

'We're going to pursue it as a criminal investigation until we have reason to believe that it was otherwise.'

O'Meara did not elaborate on the suspicions of authorities but said police are working alongside the Jackson County Sheriff's Office on the investigation 'including the resulting death that occurred nearby along the Greenway.'  

Sheriff Nathan Sickler confirmed Wednesday that a body had been discovered around a mile from the origin point of the fire along the Bear Creek Greenway in north Ashland. 

Two people have so far been killed by the blaze, although authorities warned the true death toll is likely to be higher. 

The identities of the victims and the circumstances around their deaths are not yet clear.

The fire started in Ashland Tuesday before spreading across more than 3,000 acres  and destroying 600 homes in surrounding communities.  

Reports that the cause of the fire could be human related come as the NWS revealed that almost nine in 10 wildfires across the US in 2020 were caused by

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