WAKEENEY, Kan. — A suspended volunteer firefighter has been charged with arson in pasture and hay bale fires last year in western Kansas.

The Salina Journal reports that Landon Ray Beesley, of Collyer, was charged Wednesday in Trego County with two counts of arson. He is free on $32,500 bond. He doesn’t have an attorney or a listed phone number.

Trego County Attorney Chris Lyon said in a news release that the charges stem from an ongoing investigation into the Feb. 12, 2017, fires in a rural area near the town of Collyer. No details were provided about the fires.

Sheriff Richard Hanks says the fire department has placed Beesley on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation. The terms of the suspension include that Beesley not respond to any fire calls.

Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com

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