September 26, 2012
The following is a news release from Oregon Department of Forestry:
Oregon Department of Forestry - Southwest Oregon District
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry and the Oregon Council Against Arson are offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, who caused the Slate Creek Fire.
The fire started on Labor Day, September 3, 2012, around 1:30 p.m. in a densely wooded area southwest of Waters Creek Road, located ten miles southwest of Grants Pass and west of Highway 199 near the community of Wonder. Specifically, the fire started along a road called the Root Springs Access Road, about two miles up Waters Creek Road.
The Slate Creek Fire burned 160 acres of Bureau of Land Management and private forestland, and cost the state more than $1.5 million to extinguish.
An Oregon State Police Arson Detective is investigating this fire. Anyone who has information about this fire is encouraged to call (800) 452-7888. Information is confidential. Several tips have already been received.