BEND -- A reward for information about who's responsible for a wildfire burning near Bend has been increased to $26,500.

Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton says the increase was the result of a suspicious fire Tuesday near the southern flank of the fire in an area closed to the public.

The Two Bulls fire is 40 percent contained after burning 10 square miles of brush and forest. The fire is on the western outskirts of Bend, a popular outdoor recreation area in the central part of Oregon.

The fire started in two locations on Saturday, and threatened hundreds of rural homes.

The reward is for information leading to a conviction or convictions.

Deschutes County and the city of Bend each contributed $5,000. Smith Properties and Friends offered $10,000. Taylor Northwest, a construction company, added $2,500. Both Vape Game, LLC and Cascade Timberlands contributed $2,000.

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