More recycle bin fires set in east Clark County

Washougal blazes follow similar incidents Thursday in Camas

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Reports of overnight recycle bin fires in east Clark County increased Friday.

On Thursday, Washougal Detective Thad Eakins said there were three recycle bin fires between 1 and 2 a.m. near Washougal High School. The fires were contained to the bins and didn't cause other property damage, he said.

Camas police Officer Debrah Farland on Friday reported her department is investigating six garbage bin fires reported early Thursday in the Forest Home neighborhood off of Northwest Sixth Avenue.

Firefighters were called out to several garbage bin fires starting around 2:20 p.m. Firefighters reported seeing a late '80s or early '90s green Ford Explorer leaving the area as they arrived. The driver was described as a white male with shoulder-length hair. Firefighters say there were three teens in the car, Farland said. It is unclear if the vehicle is connected to the arsons, she added.

Anyone with additional information on the Camas fires is asked to call the police department at 360-834-4151.

Thursday was not the first time recycle bin fires have cropped up overnight in Washougal. Three recycle bins were set on fire in the early-morning hours of June 25.

One of the bins was in front of a church, and the other two were in front of homes, Washougal Chief of Police Ron Mitchell said at the time. There was no property damage reported.

"We didn't have any leads on that one, and we don't have any leads on this one," Detective Eakins said.

Anyone with additional information on the Washougal fires is asked to call Washougal police at 360-835-8701.