Arson in Carson?

By: Koula Gianulias
By: Koula Gianulias

It's not clear to investigators whether the "Badger fire" that
burned more than 700 acres southeast of Carson City last week was
among those that could be considered the work of a suspected
arsonist.
Each of the other fires was small in nature and snuffed out
quickly with no injuries or significant damage. Nevertheless, the
trend poses a threat to residents and firefighters alike,
authorities said.
"We're concerned because we've had about 11 small fire starts
since June 16," said Mark Struble, a spokesman for the Bureau of
Land Management in Carson City and the Sierra Front Interagency
Dispatch Center in Minden.
"They are calling them arson fires - or at least
human-caused," he told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Four of the fires were set from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Struble
said.
"Somebody is being very industrious out there, in a destructive
way," he said.
The fires have been set mostly in the foothills around Carson
City, "rimming Eagle Valley, up the U.S. Highway 50 corridor and
up in the Clear Creek area," Struble said.
The Carson City Sheriff's Office said in a statement Tuesday
that the fires are under investigation by a multi-agency effort,
the Sierra Front Arson Task Force.
"Residents and visitors on public lands in the area are asked
to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior," the sheriff's
office said.
A $2,000 reward has been posted for any information leading to
arrests.
Furlong said investigators have been unable to pinpoint the
cause of the Badger fire, which started June 21 in Brunswick Canyon
a few miles southeast of Carson City.
"That one was not like the rest. But it's being left in the batch because they can't exclude it and there's no other known causes that we might be able to attribute to that fire." "There are some similarities amongst the other fires,"
The BLM, state fire marshal, Nevada Division of Forestry, Carson
City Fire Department, East Fork Protection District, Douglas County
Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service are assisting in the probe. They are investigating leads regarding suspects and vehicles, interviewing witnesses and comparing evidence for similarities, authorities said.
Arson fires of this type are a Class D felony, each punishable
by one to six years in prison, deputies said.
Anyone with information about the fires should contact the
Secret Witness Program at (775) 322-4900 or the Carson City Sheriff's Office at (775) 887-2008.


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