Investigators: Karlstad Fire Likely Arson

Updated: 10/10/2012 4:32 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Fire investigators say a wildfire that destroyed several homes in the northwest town of Karlstad this month was probably arson.

The Department of Natural Resources says a $6,000 reward is being offered for information that helps identify the person who started it.

The Karlstad fire, also known as the County 27 fire, was a fast-moving blaze in dry and windy conditions that destroyed 11 homes and damaged dozens of structures.

It started about 2 p.m. on Sept. 30, in Marshall County, north of the intersection of County Road 27 and 250th Avenue NW.

Sheriff John Novacek (NOH'-vah-chek) says investigators believe it was human-caused because there's no indication of lightning or other natural causes, but they don't have any specific evidence. He says anyone who saw anything suspicious should come forward.

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