VDOF Seeks Information On Suspected Arson Fires
Reward Up To $2,000 Offered
Special Forest Wardens from the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) suspect the wildfire that occurred April 10 in Rockbridge County was caused deliberately.
The VDOF and other law enforcement officials are concerned with the number and frequency of these dangerous, destructive and senseless criminal acts. Woods arson is a felony in Virginia and, when convicted, the guilty person could serve up to five years in prison, pay a fine of $2,500 and be liable for the cost of suppressing the fire.
The VDOF needs citizens to be vigilant in the fight against arson – a crime that could lead to property destruction or even death. If you believe you have information relating to the cause of this fire or the person or people responsible, call the Virginia Department of Forestry office at (540) 363-7002 and report it. Alternatively, you may call the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 463-7329 or the Conservation Police with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) at (540) 248-9360. You may also anonymously call the VDOF Arson Tip Line at (434) 220-9053 or the DGIF crime line at (800) 237-5712. Your help may be worth up to $2,000 – the reward offered for information that leads to the conviction of an arsonist. For other emergencies or to report a new fire, call 911.
If you see any fire where firefighters have not yet arrived on the scene, make note of the following:
• Location and time of the fire;
• Description of person or people observed in the area;
• Description of any vehicles or ATVs observed and the license plate if possible, and
• Any other pertinent information that might help investigators.