The Oregon State Police Arson Unit along with the Oregon Department of Forestry began an investigation. During the investigation, a Selma area transient was arrested on an unrelated warrant and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
This person, Marcus A YEOMAN, age 35, quickly became the person of interest in the fire. The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Police Arson Unit's investigation is finding that the fire was human-caused. On August 13, 2016 he was cited for Reckless Burning. This was after evidence revealed he had built a campfire which led to the wildland fire.
This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released at this time.