Reward being offered after arson-caused haystack fires in Grant County

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The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people setting fire to haystacks.

There has been a rash of such fires this year, causing tens of thousands of dollars in losses.

The bulk of the fires have been in the Quincy and Ephrata areas.

Deputy Kyle Foreman, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said there have been 14 haystack fires in Grant County so far this year.

Arson is likely in nine of those fires, he said.

If anyone notices any suspicious activity near haystacks they are being asked to dial 911. People with information on who is setting the fires is asked to send the information to crimetips@grantcounty.wa.gov.

The sheriff’s office also is advising owners of haystacks to install surveillance cameras and/or perimeter alarms.

They’re also being asked to rake areas around haystacks so deputies can identify tire track or shoe impressions.