FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 6, 2023
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an arsonist in northwest Georgia, where wildfires have been on the increase in recent days. Georgia Forestry Commission investigators determined one fire in Walker County was deliberately set, as GFC rangers continue to respond to other fires in the area.
“There’s been no measurable rain for over a month, and conditions are critically dry,” said Georgia Forestry Commission Director Tim Lowrimore. “Seasonal leaf fall, along with sustained gusty winds, are contributing to high fire risk conditions. We’re recommending any planned outdoor burning be postponed for now.”
The GFC is reminding the public that even fires that appear to be extinguished can reignite. Georgia burners are legally responsible for their own fires and any damage they may cause.
Georgia Forestry Commission Law Enforcement reports the fire off Highway 157 in Walker County was the result of arson. Investigators are asking for the public’s help with any information related to the person or people responsible for this and any other fires. The Georgia Arson Control Program offers rewards of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of an arsonist. Anyone with knowledge of the incident(s) should contact the GFC at 1-800-GA-TREES (428-7337). For information about wildfire safety and fire risks in your county, go to GaTrees.org or call the local GFC office.
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