A surprising number of people in Central Oregon suspected that the George W. Bush team ignited the "B and B Complex" forest fire of 2003.
The fire two fires that merged into one served as a backdrop to the president's August 2003 speech in Redmond in which he advocated a "Healthy Forests Initiative" program.
The reason that the number of people suspecting foul play was "surprising" is that Oregon east of the Cascades was "Bush country" conservative, Republican by default.
Or, from the White House transcript of the presidential speech in Redmond:
"Thank you. Please be seated. Thank you. You know you're in a pretty good country when you see a lot of cowboy hats out in the crowd -- (laughter and applause.)..."
Bush had come to speak about "managing our forests in a better, more common-sensical way" and the timescale of the official account of events is conspicuous and suspect.
A plaque at a roadside viewpoint on the Santiam Pass reads the verdict: "Intergovernmental fire investigators determined that the Booth and Bear Butte fires were ignited by lightning between August 4 and 7 and smoldered for several days before being detected."
The following text comes from the same plaque:
B&B Complex fire:
Burned August 19-
September 26, 2003
Thus, at the shortest interval according to the official "intergovernmental" report both of the fires began growing about two weeks after they'd started.
Almost two weeks. The problem, at minimum, is a woeful abuse of the term "several days." The stretch of logic, that two historic burns, ignited by two separate lightning-storms on separate days, waited for so long and then lit up within hours of each other that's another problem.