January 30, 2013

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Man Arrested for Starting Wildfires in Baldwin County

     Investigators with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) arrested a man on January 25, 2013, for allegedly starting three fires in the Little River community of Baldwin County last November. Anthony Thomas Boone, aged 44 of Little River, was charged with Wildland Arson and Harassment and transported to the Baldwin County jail.

     According to AFC Law Enforcement Chief Craig Hill, wildland arson is a problem in this state with approximately 31 percent of all wildfires being intentionally set. Conviction of this Class C Felony carries a penalty of 1-10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $15,000 fine.    

     The Alabama Forestry Commission is committed to reducing the number of forestry-related crimes that occur each year across the state. These crimes generate losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to landowners, the timber industry, and Alabama’s economy. The AFC provides a Wildland Arson/Forest Crimes Hotline so that citizens can call and report wildland arson, theft of timber, and vandalism or theft of harvesting equipment. This toll-free number is (800) 222-2927. Any information provided is confidential and the caller remains anonymous.

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