Photo: Grant County Fire District 13

EPHRATA - The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for setting fire to multiple haystack fires.

At least 15 haystack fires have been reported this year in Grant County, including one Tuesday morning south of Ephrata.

Grant County Fire Marshal Bruce Gribble confirmed Tuesday’s fire and a haystack fire on Friday near Winchester were intentionally set by a “handheld device.”

The sheriff’s office is encouraging haystack owners to install surveillance cameras, game cameras or perimeter alarms around haystacks. Deputies also ask haystack owners to rake the areas around the haystacks and access routes that could help identify tire track impressions or shoe impressions.

To be eligible for the $5,000 reward, information must be sent to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov or if the fire is in progress, the information must be given to 911 dispatchers. The information must also lead to the arrest and convictions of the persons involved.

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