'We're In Trouble': Ricky Schroder Sends 'Smoke Signals' in Strange Video

Ricky Schroder says a recent video of him is an "SOS" message, and it has the internet divided.

The former child star, donned in a beard and hat in the shining sun in Grand Junction, Colorado, took to the camera once more to record a mysterious video.

"Well today, burning brush along the river," Schroder said, never specifying which river he was near. Billowing smoke is seen encompassing the frame. "Lot of brush. And smoke signals."

After asking the camera if anyone can hear him, he said "We're in trouble" twice.

"We got to pull together, defeat all these mandates," he continued. "Hold those accountable who need to be, or else they'll do it again."

As of March 17, Colorado state law stipulates that patients, residents, visitors and staff—regardless of vaccination status—must wear masks in the following settings "in times of medium or high COVID-19 community levels": homeless shelters; prisons; jails; community corrections programs and facilities; public transit services; and emergency medical and other non-residential health care settings.

Before cutting off the video, Schroder praised those fighting "for freedom again, true freedom."

The video posted on Schroder's Instagram account has been viewed over 12,000 times. Most users responded in kind and mentioned Schroder's religious affinity.

"Yes, we are in a real war for our freedom and our very lives," one user said. "It sickens me to know that most Americans have NO idea what's happening to our country."

The video was also posted on Twitter by @PatriotTakes and was viewed over 61,000 times. One Twitter user said the smoke in the video resembled Schroder's career. Others expressed concern about burning brush and potentially starting a wildfire.

"If he starts a damn wildfire I'm going to be pissed," actress Patricia Arquette tweeted.

"Would this be more evidence of arson in dry areas where fires would be illegal," another user inquired. "We see people getting caught for starting massive destructive fires. Where is he doing this?"

A spokesperson for the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control wrote to Newsweek that "Colorado is a local control state and local governments are the right level to issue and manage fire restrictions for their communities," adding that "information on fire restrictions and bans can change rapidly."

She added that based upon the footage shared, it is difficult to determine the exact location of the fire and whether or not it is actually in Colorado.

"If this is occurring in Colorado, Colorado is a local control state," they added. "As such, burn restrictions, suppression and response efforts, cause and origin determination, and any subsequent legal actions would be taken at the local government level. The Division of Fire Prevention and Control provides assistance to local governments when requested to do so for incidents that exceed local capability. If this is indeed occurring in Colorado, and if we are requested for assistance, the division will respond accordingly."

A spokesperson for the Grand Junction Fire Department told Newsweek that Schroder is a resident of Mesa County and lives in a fire district where the Grand Junction Fire Department responds.

"In Mesa County it is currently burn season, and burn permits are readily available through Mesa County Public Health," the spokesperson said. "There is no reason to believe there is anything illegal about Mr. Schroder's activities."

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Schroder has been embroiled in numerous controversies.

In May 2021 he first made headlines when he harassed a Costco employee in Los Angeles who would not let the actor inside the store without a face mask due to state laws. Schroder later apologized to the employee in a video posted on his Instagram account, which currently no longer exists on the platform.

In February of this year, he again posted on his Instagram account, urging U.S. truckers to "shut down" Washington D.C. and state capitals as a protest against COVID vaccine mandates. In his video, he said "there will be no peace and there will be no justice" unless "these people" are "held accountable."

Earlier this month he again took to Instagram to record a confrontation in which Schroder berated a security guard at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum in Kansas because he enforced a mask mandate. Schroder went as far as to call the guard a "Nazi" over enforcing its mask mandate, saying that "God's laws are higher than the federal government's."

Days later, Schroder went on an Instagram rant about internet pornography, claiming it has "corrupted healthy relations between men and women." He incorporated the topic of internet pornography with the U.S. military and Roswell, New Mexico.

Newsweek reached out to Schroder but did not receive comment.

Update: 03/25/2022 11:11 a.m. ET: This article was updated with comments from Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Grand Junction Fire Department.

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Filmmaker and actor Ricky Schroder attends "The Volunteers" screening in 2017 in New York City. He made a video recently in which he sent "smoke signals" and again mentioned fighting back against government mandates. Ben Gabbe/Getty Images