Disinfo: Antifa are burning their own country


Not only Trump supporters, but also many apolitical Americans are convinced that the forests were set on fire by Antifa militias, sponsored by the Democratic Party. This explains the unprecedented scale of fires this year in the US.


Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US Democratic Party.

There is no evidence that Antifa or members of the Democratic Party are deliberately starting forest fires.

One of the latest fires in California that has burned more than 7,000 acres (2,800 hectares) was caused by a firework at a “gender-reveal party”, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has found.

In a statement released late on September 9, the department said: “The fire began at 10.23 am on September 5, 2020 in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa,” before spreading north.

Climate change is also making the situation with the wildfires in the US worse. "Wildfire activity in the United States is changing dangerously, particularly in the west, as conditions become hotter and drier due to climate change," the Union of Concerned Scientists says.


  • Reported in: Issue 214
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Democratic Party (US), Conspiracy theory


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