Indictment indicates anger about BLM land use behind some of the fires-
They are accused of multiple arson wildfires, threats to federal officials, even a fire set to drive out hunters. This began as early as 1982. Some locals call them “good people,” “salt of the earth.” Bill Hoyt president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, said there are no better people in the world than the Hammonds [family name of the accused].
Oregon ranchers charged with arson and threats. By Jeff Barnard. AP Environmental Writer
Update: The Hammonds are scheduled for arraignment in Eugene U.S. District Court on June 28 on the felony charges, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.