BATS CAVE, N.C. (WNCT) – The state of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and conviction in the setting of wildfires in the western part of the state, Gov. Pat McCrory said at a press conference Thursday.
“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,” said McCrory.
McCrory made his comments at a Henderson County fire department, where he said although the fire may have been started by people, the dry conditions are allowing the fire to spread and residents should continue to take steps to prevent fires.
The governor announced that the State Emergency Operations Center has been activated with the primary mission of providing and managing resources for the NC Forest Service.
More than 2,100 active personnel are now involved fighting fires which have burned more than 46,700 acres and threatened 1,800 structures.