Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports that on August 15, 2018, at approximately 1:49 a.m., the Linn County 911 dispatch center received a call of a fire in a ditch on Linn West Drive northwest of Brownsville.
At 2:04 a.m., within fifteen minutes of the original call, a deputy was responding to the area and located an additional ditch fire on Ogle Road. The second fire appeared to have been set within minutes of the deputy’s arrival to the area. Deputies later learned a third ditch fire was located by Halsey / Shedd Fire Department on Ogle Road, approximately a half mile south west of first fire.
The investigations revealed all three fires were set within a fifteen minute time frame. Each of the fires was started in the dry grass and brush alongside the roadway, near harvested and plowed grass fields.
At this time there are no suspects and the investigation is continuing.
If anyone has any information on these fires, please contact Deputy Thurman at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3950.