Shocking footage of Oregon BLM agents starting fires near corrals, ranch house

April 18, 2016

On October 7, 2015 father and son ranchers from Oregon, Dwight, 73, and Steven Hammond, 46, were labeled as terrorists and sentenced to five years in federal prison under anti-terrorism laws.

In 2001, a fire set by the Hammonds to eliminate overgrown sagebrush on their own property inadvertently spread to adjacent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. The two were convicted of arson when the BLM accused them of using fire to destroy federal property. In 2006 Steven Hammond was again convicted of arson when he set several “backfires” on his ranch which burned nearby public acreage.

Both men admitted to setting the fires on their own property, but emphasized they had no intent to damage federal property. The Hammonds were sentenced and each initially spent a few months in federal prison.

In 2015, at the urging of the federal attorney in Oregon, the Obama Department of Justice re-sentenced Steven and Dwight Hammond to serve full five-year terms. These two peaceful ranchers were sent back and are currently in federal prison until their five-year terms are up.

The Hammonds admitted to accidentally burning a little over 100 acres of BLM land next to their ranch. The fires did no damage to buildings or property and did not threaten wildlife or humans.

The following footage was recorded by ranchers near Frenchglen, Oregon. Agents from the BLM set “prescribed” fires yards away from corrals and ranch buildings owned by private citizens. The resulting conflagration destroyed several buildings, including at least one house, and killed over 80 head of cattle. It grew to an immense size and threatened the town of Frenchglen.

No restitution was made by the BLM to the private citizens who lost property and livestock in the fires. No one was arrested, and to date, none of the responsible agents have been charged.


posted by  4/18/16

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