RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced a $5,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for setting wildfires.
Bentley, in a news release Friday, said the reward is being offered to try to identify anyone who is deliberately setting the blazes.
Because of drought, all 67 counties in Alabama are under an emergency order banning all outside fires, including campfires, bonfires and trash fires. The “no burn” order will remain in effect until rescinded by the state forester.
According to the Alabama Forestry Commission, there have been more than 1,400 wildfires in Alabama since Oct. 1, destroying more than 15,000 acres.