HARRISBURG (WBRE/WYOU) – State officials announced a increase in the reward for information that would lead to an arrest of the person, or persons, who deliberately started the largest wildlfire in northeast Pennsylvania in recent memory.
The reward being offered by the state Bureau of Forestry now stands a $15,000 for information regarding two fires investigators say were deliberately set.
The 16 Mile and Beartown fires were discovered April 20th and burned through May 2nd in the Delaware State Forest, scorching more than 8,700 acres of wildlands.
The bureau’s Division of Forest Fire Protection chief, Michael Kern says the state was already offering a $5,000 reward and a private landowner affected by the 16 Mile fire was offering another $5,000. Kern says that landowner has now doubled his contribution, pushing the reward for information that could lead to a conviction to $15,000.
More than 100 state personnel as well as a hotshot team from New Mexico were brought in to fight the two fires at a cost of about $2 million.
Information can be forwarded to bureau Special Investigator Terry Smith at (717) 362-1472 or calling (570) 895-4000.