Ashland Police Department released a new photo Friday of witnesses in response to its ongoing Almeda Fire investigation.
It says the two people pictured were at the origin of the Almeda Fire – located near the Ashland Wastewater Treatment and the BMX park. The Department says it wants to speak with the witnesses and are not treating them as suspects.
“The images of the potential witnesses were provided to detectives, that have continued to work on the Almeda Fire since September 8th.” Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara said. “The detectives are addressing the information as it becomes available, a lot of this is very slow moving, there’s a lot of technology involved.”
Michael Bakkela, who is suspected of starting a fire in Phoenix that merged with the Almeda Fire, is still awaiting trial.