It’s Arson Awareness Week

The U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA declare May 7 to 13, 2017 as Arson Awareness Week

In Minnesota from 2007-2016, there were 234 intentional wildfires set burning more than 14,000 acres*.  It’s a crime in Minnesota to intentionally destroy or damage property, homes or land. Wildland arson is a felony and punishable up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine or both. Convicted arsonists may be liable for property loss and fire suppression costs.

Wildlfire arson cases can be difficult for investigation teams to solve because often they occur in remote areas. Call 1/800-723-2020 if you see someone setting an intentional fire. You may be eligible for a $5,000 reward leading to the arrest of persons involved in arson. Arson caused wildfires needlessly endanger firefighters, not to mention the public. Join the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s office today (05.10.17) at noon for a live Facebook chat to talk about the Minnesota Arson Hotline and how information from the public plays a critical role in arson investigations.

*reported to the state