Arson investigators seek information on Davis Fire

   July 9, 2003 — Investigators with the Central Oregon Arson Task Force have identified where the Davis Fire started and determined that it was indeed human caused.
   The Fire started on Saturday June 28 at about 3:30 pm. The origin was near East Davis Lake campground on the Crescent Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest. The fire is under investigation and the task force is pursuing several leads.
   Anyone who may have information regarding the Davis Fire can call the Davis Fire Hotline at 1-800-448-9453. "In past years the Central Oregon Arson Task Force has had several successful arrests and prosecutions and almost all of them were the direct result of help from the public," stated Ron Pugh, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, with the U.S. Forest Service. Recognizing this essential partnership between the public and the Task Force, Pugh states, "The public is an invaluable resource and has been critical to our past successes. We encourage everyone to continue reporting suspicious fire activity".
   The Central Oregon Arson Task Force is an interagency group comprised of 13 federal, state and local agencies to review all wildland fires in Central Oregon to establish cause and origin and investigate those determined to be arson. The task force has successfully convicted nine suspects responsible for at least 63 fires since 1988.