Posted: Oct 19, 2011 5:45 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Authorities said an early September wildfire that destroyed 10 homes and thousands of acres of timber land in Natchitoches Parish was intentionally set and now state officials are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain announced the $10,000 reward Tuesday.
Strain said the Louisiana Forestry Association, Hancock Forestry, the Roy O. Martin Co., Weyerhaeuser and the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce put up the money for the reward.
The fire is believed to have been started on Sept. 2.
The Agriculture Department says fire burned nearly 5,000 acres of timber land and destroyed 10 homes and 35 outbuildings. Timber losses were estimated at $5 million in addition to $2 to $3 million in lost homes and other items.