Investigators searching for arsonist who started Lions Camp Fire in Vernon Parish

Vernon Parish Sheriff speaks on determining factors that led officials to rule fire as arson.
Published: Aug. 31, 2023 at 8:54 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2023 at 7:39 PM CDT
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VERNON PARISH, La. (KPLC) - Investigators have confirmed the Lions Camp Wildfire in Vernon Parish was caused by arson. Now they are looking for the person or persons responsible for starting the fire.

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft explained one determining factor that deemed this specific wildfire to be arson.

“It was in a remote area that shouldn’t have had anybody there, but obviously somebody did get into that wooded area and started this fire,” he said.

Investigators ruled out lightning strikes and every other possibility. Burning approximately 400 acres of land, the fire threatened numerous homes and destroyed a nearby barn.

“It burned slow for just a matter of minutes, then it got into some really, I guess, good fuel, you know, underbrush and such, and it really just took off from that point,” Sheriff Craft said.

With no fatalities reported and no arrest, Craft urges residents to remain vigilant. He said if you see something suspicious, let them know.

“Miraculously, thanks to the heroic firefighters, there were no homes lost and I don’t think even damaged, but they were oh so close,” he said.

To report any information regarding the arson or if you may have any questions, reach out to 855-452-5323. A $2,000 reward is being offered to any information leading to an arrest and conviction.

When the fire initially started it was at the end of Vernon Park Road, off into the woods, right near the Lions Camp neighborhood.