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Pat McCrory offers $10,000 reward for information leading to North Carolina wildfires

As wildfires continue to consume acres of land throughout the mountains of three states, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory offered a $10,000 reward for information on the suspected arson that caused the flames.

Over 46,000 acres are now scorched or still burning, most of which are a result of suspected arson.

“We are committed to doing all we can to support our firefighters, protect people and property, and find those who may be responsible for any wildfires in North Carolina,” McCrory said.


Members of the Arroyo Grande Interagency Hotshot Crew use a drip torch to ignite a burn out operation along Highway 129 and the Cheoah River on Sunday, Nov. 13. Photo by Chris Colt

Members of the Arroyo Grande Interagency Hotshot Crew use a drip torch to ignite a burn out operation along Highway 129 and the Cheoah River on Sunday, Nov. 13. Photo by Chris Colt


McCrory added that dry conditions made these fires rapidly expand in an area with tough terrain. Western North Carolina is expected to see sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, which could hinder the progress made by the 1,000-plus firefighters and volunteers working to extinguish the flames.

Those with information regarding these wildfires should contact Macon County Crimestoppers at 828-349-2600 or Jackson County Crimestoppers at 828-631-1125.