‘Way to go!’ Citizens catch suspect who started wildfires, tie him to tree for police

An Oregon man believed to be behind several wildfires was reportedly tied to a tree after several citizens caught him, according to authorities.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man named Trennon Smith, was reportedly walking down a remote road located near the fires when a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee called him in. The employee believed that Smith was starting the fires. As officials worked to battle the blazes he reportedly set, three citizens wrangled the man. When Smith became combative, the group tied him to a tree to wait for authorities.

Smith was eventually released from the tree, and taken to the hospital to treat some injuries reportedly sustained during a fall. After that, he was taken to Curry County Jail and booked on two counts of first-degree arson and one count of reckless burning.

The fires only managed to burn an acre of land, but officials warned that if the blaze had grown any larger it may have cut off escape routes for people in the area.

Social media reacted to the inventive way to detain a suspect:


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