BEND, Ore. - A reward for information about who's responsible for a wildfire burning near Bend has been increased to $14,500.
Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton says the increase was a result of a suspicious fire Tuesday near the southern flank of the fire in an area closed to the public.
The Two Bulls fire is 40 percent contained after burning 10 square miles of brush and forest on the western outskirts of Bend, a popular outdoor recreation destination in Central Oregon.
The fire started in two locations Saturday, and threatened hundreds of rural homes, as well as popular recreation areas.
The reward is for information leading to a conviction or convictions. Deschutes County and the city of Bend each kicked in $5,000, the construction company Taylor Northwest $2,500, and Cascade Timberlands $2,000.
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