SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Forest Service has condemned an Oregon sheriff’s arrest of a Forest Service employee after a planned arson attack in a national forest spread to private land.

Forest Service Chief Randy Moore’s criticism was followed by a statement from Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter in which he defended the Oct. 19 arrest of a “U.S. Forest Service chief” on reckless burning charges.

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