In March of 2021, the Bull Springs Fire ripped across 211 acres of land west of Bend, destroying two sheds and scorching pine juniper, and brush before it was extinguished by local fire crews.

Now three area residents affected by the fire are suing their neighbor, alleging he started the blaze. Their lawsuits, filed separately in Deschutes County Circuit Court, could cost the landowner, Dr. James Verheyden, more than $2 million. Verheyden’s wife, Jean Verheyden, and two companies he owns are also named in the lawsuits.

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Michael Kohn has been public lands and environment reporter with The Bulletin since 2019. He enjoys hiking in the hills and forests near Bend with his family and exploring the state of Oregon.

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I'm extremely disappointed that the Bulletin would print this type of venomous comment on a Bend resident anonymously. We are all neighbors here.


"I have no opinion... You misstated what I said."

Awww, doubtful.

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