Law enforcement officials back findings, say conspiracy theories are taking valuable resources

FILE  - FBI Portland's Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon speaks with the media in 2018. In response to conspiracy theories and misinformation swirling around the origin of the Oregon wildfires, local law enforcement and the Portland FBI released a statement Friday morning, Sept. 11 — unequivocally stating extremists are not responsible for setting fires.

The FBI has investigated reports that have been flooding into local law enforcement agencies as they attempt to fight back against the flames, and found them to be untrue.

The FBI said conspiracy theories and misinformation take valuable resources away from local fire and police agencies working to bring the flames under control. They ask the community to only share validated information from official sources.

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