MITTIE, La. (AP) - Fires believed to have been started by
arsonists in Allen and Beauregard parishes destroyed nearly
three-thousand acres of forestland and officials are now offering a
reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.
The Forest Production Committee of the Louisiana Forestry
Association is offering up to 25-thousand dollars for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonists involved in
the Saturday fires. The names of those who provide information will
be kept confidential, and the rewards will be given at the
recommendation of Charlie Greer, chief of enforcement for the
Office of Forestry.
The U-S Forest Service continues to monitor a fire burning in
the Kisatchie National Forest in Rapides Parish. Jim Caldwell,
forest service spokesman, says the fire is contained but not
controlled. He says a camp fire left unattended near Kincaid Lake
sparked the blaze, which burned about 350 acres.
More than 50 fires were reported on Saturday between Winn and
LaSalle parish to Allen and Beauregard parishes. Ed Robichaux
(ROH'-bih-shoh), assistant chief of forest protection for the state
Department of Agriculture and Forestry, did not have a total on the
damage from all the fires Saturday.

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