Report: Mountain Road fires in Russell County, Virginia were arson


A lead investigator with Virginia's forestry division says several fires in a Russell County community are the work of an arsonist.

Several wildfires over the past 13 months in Rosedale are the focus of an investigation by the Virginia Department of Forestry. The fires have occurred in a specific area along Mountain Road, the agency said Thursday.

VDOF investigator Aaron Rosenbalm said he believes the fires are related and the agency needs the public's help to identify a suspect. A reward of up to $2,000 is now offered to individuals who provide details that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Anyone with information on the case can call the Russell County Sheriff's Office at (276) 889-8033 or anonymous reports can be made on the VDOF Arson Tip Line at (434) 220-9053.