23-year-old convicted of setting wildfires in West Virginia


CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) — West Virginia Division of Forestry’s Special Operations Unit Investigator John Bird arrested a Kanawha County woman following the Horsemill Hollow Wildfire on March 22, 2022.

Hannah Faith Boley, 23, was convicted of the crime of setting fires to lands in Kanawha County and sentenced to four years in prison.

The wildfires, which occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on March 22, 2022, burned one-tenth of an acre of forested land. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

“Thanks to everyone in our agency and all agencies that helped respond to this case, we were able to utilize our K-9 unit and use the resources at our disposal to continue to protect the state and our beautiful forests from wildfires,” Bird said.

A Division of Forestry wildfire suppression first responder worked closely with the Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department and Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department with the initial response, suppression and preliminary investigation. The Cedar Grove Police Department and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the arrest.

Anyone with information about arson fires can contact Forestry’s Special Operations Unit by calling its arson hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE or by reporting online at wvforestry.com/report-a-violation.

Additional contact information for WV Forestry’s regional offices can be found at wvforestry.com/contact-us.


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