A ten-thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the September second Natchitoches Parish wildfire. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says the Louisiana Forestry Association, Hancock Forestry, Roy O. Martin Company, Weyerhaeuser, and the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to post the reward. He says the fire was first reported about 1:45 in the afternoon on September Second. By the time all was said and done, that fire had burned nearly five-thousand acres of timberland and destroyed ten homes and thirty-five outbuildings. Strain says timber losses, alone, have been estimated at $5-million with another $2-to-$3-million damage to homes and other property.

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