Two men arrested, accused of Okanogan County arson

TWISP, Wash. -- Two Okanogan County men were arrested this week after deputies said they twice set illegal fires that destroyed Forest Service property.

Officials from the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office say Larry D. Smith was arrested on suspicion of arson last month when he lit a "back burn" fire, even after being told by fire crews the fire was unsafe and illegal.

On Tuesday, the 63-year-old Twist man was arrested again when he allegedly started a second back burn fire that destroyed Forest Service property and property belonging to several neighbors.

One property owner gave investigators photos that show Smith started the fire, according to the sheriff's office.

Keith V. Strickland, who deputies say was with Smith when he started the fires, was also arrested on booked into Okanogan County Jail on suspicion of first degree arson.

The cases are being investigated by the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office