NORTH GEORGIA FIRE LINKED TO ARSON
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 (478-7337). For information about wildfire safety and fire risks in your county, go
to GaTrees.org or call the local GFC office.