I feel the need to write this article because of the amount of misinformation that is running wild on social media and for some reason people feel correcting misinformation has a political agenda. This article has no agenda, other than to state what has been proven as a fact and has been reported by officials. I'm tired of the "It's the mainstream media trying to control the story." Even if you don't trust the media, you should trust the police and fire departments.

First, there is no proof that the fires that are ravaging the west coast right now were set intentionally to do damage. Some were caused by humans, but those were gender reveal parties. There has been a lot of "Police have 6 ANTIFA members in custody for setting fires" posts, only to have the police department have to make a statement claiming that is simply not true.

Below are just a couple of examples of false information that is being spread. Now, does that mean there aren't people out there looking to start fires? No, there have been people arrested for trying to start fires, and in some instances successfully starting a very small fire. CLICK HERE for some info on a couple arrests in Washington state.

There was even 14 spots in Utah's Manti-La Sal National Forest that were confirmed to be arson. But they were easily contained. CLICK HERE for information on this.

The main thing to take away from this is don't just take what you see on the Internet as fact. I can't believe I have to write this, but clearly I do. And 'doing research' doesn't mean going to a website that will confirm what you already believe. If you see a photo making a claim, don't just share it. Need I remind you that you do not eat 8 spiders in your sleep during your lifetime.

And again, there is zero political agenda to any of what I have just written. If there is someone trying to light fires to do damage, they should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But don't believe every damn thing you see on the Internet just because it backs up something you already believed.

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