Arson suspected in 162-acre Hampton brush fire

Forestry officials offer $5K reward for tips leading to arrest


BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. – Arson is now suspected in a 162-acre brush fire last month in the area of Southeast 109th Street and Southeast 38th Avenue in Hampton, the Florida Forest Service said on Friday.

Forestry officials are offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in the April 27 brush fire. 

During the fire, 10 structures were threatened, farm equipment was scorched and commercial timber was lost, forestry officials said.

Stations throughout Bradford, Clay and Putnam counties worked to put out the fire, which burned on Bradford County land owned by the Two Buck Hunting Club, officials said.

Heilbronn Springs fire spokesman Jacob Swaggerty said Florida Forest Service had a plane in the air above the State Road 100 and SE 109th Street as firefighters were working to contain the blazes.

Bradford County was one of many local counties under a burn ban because of dry conditions.

People with information can call their local Florida Forest Service office or 1-800-342-5869. Callers can also request to remain anonymous.