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Calfire, USFS offering $20,000 reward for wildfire arson suspect

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Yreka, CA - CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit and the Klamath National Forest announce the offer of up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are responsible for starting the Salmon River Complex and Butler fires. Each agency is contributing $10,000 to this joint effort.

“These fires were a serious threat to private property in the Salmon River drainage, and we are tremendously lucky not to have lost any homes,” commented Siskiyou Unit Chief Bernie Paul. “We know these fires were started by human action and we want to find the person responsible.”

The Salmon River Complex and Butler fires, as well as four additional fires in the area extinguished by first responders, were started between approximately 9:00 and 10:30 p.m. on July 31, 2013. Anyone with information regarding these fires is asked to contact the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-468-4408. Callers can remain anonymous.

“These fires have burned more than 37,000 acres, put local communities and firefighters at great risk, and cost taxpayers millions of dollars to fight,” said Klamath Forest Supervisor Patty Grantham. “All that for fires that never should have started in the first place.”

For additional information, contact CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Monty Messenger at (530)842-3516 or Klamath Forest Supervisor Patty Grantham at (530) 841-6131.