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Reward offered after 86 arsons set over two months

1 year 2 weeks 1 day ago November 23, 2015 Nov 23, 2015 Monday, November 23 2015 November 23, 2015 3:40 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry said a $4,000 reward has been posted for information that helps them find who started 86 fires in a span of about two months.

Commissioner Mike Strain said the arsons happened between Aug. 30 and Oct. 21, stretching from the Castor community in Bienville Parish east through Liberty Hill and on to North Hodge in Jackson Parish.

Investigators the state said nearly all the fires happened on properties owned by timber company Weyerhaeuser Industries.

"We clearly have one or more arsonists who have caused tremendous damage to timberlands that destroyed at least one home," Strain said.

The Louisiana Forestry Association and Weyerhaeuser put up a $4,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for these arsons.

Anyone with information should call the LDAF at (225) 925-4500 or 855-452-5323.

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