Wednesday, April 04, 2012

$5000 Rewards For Suspicious Fire Info

Nearly Half Of Lee-Hendry Wildfires Are Intentionally Set

LABELLE, FL. -- The Florida Department of Forestry wants information about suspicious activities in order to prevent intentionally set fires, and any information leading to an arrest may result in a reward.

Florida Forest Service Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Victor Hill says several suspicious wildfires have occurred in Lee and Hendry counties this year, and Caloosahatchee Forestry Center reminds residents to report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods.

Of the 32 fires in Lee County so far this year, 14 are incendiary in nature, meaning they were intentionally set. Eight of the 19 wildfires in Hendry County are classified as incendiary. In every instance, these wildfires put lives and properties at risk, says Hill.

The Arson Alert Hotline offers residents an easy way to report suspicious wildfires – (800) 342-5869. Information that leads to an arrest may result in a reward of up to $5,000, and callers may remain anonymous. Provide as much information as you can when you call, such as a vehicle description, license plate number, and physical description of the person or persons.

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