Karlstad, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Authorities have increased the reward money for information leading to the identification of the person who started the Karlstad wildfire back in September.
Investigating agencies have increased the reward money to $8,500 for information leading to the identification of the arsonist.
Back on September 30th, fire crews were called to a wildfire in Marshall County in northwest Minnesota. A few days later, strong winds helped the fire to grow and move into Kittson County and the city of Karlstad.
The fire destroyed 11 homes as well as numerous other structures and burned 4,440 acres of natural resources before fire crews got the flames under control.
Fire officials believe other recent fires in the area have also likely been arson related and may be connected to the same suspects who started the Karlstad Fire.
The most recent fire burned 25 acres on Monday, October 15th in Arveson Township northeast of Karlstad.
Another fire on September 9th that grew to 88 acres was only about one mile away from where the Karlstad fire started. Both also started under similar conditions.
Authorities say that wildfires caused by arson are occurring at a much higher rate around Karlstad and other nearby communities compared to the rest of the state.
Anyone with information on any of the fires that have been burning recently near Kittson County are asked to call the Kittson County Sheriff's Department or the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns