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Wildfire ignites $15 million timber lawsuit against Oregon ranch

By Mateusz Perkowski
Capital Press
May 19, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An Oregon ranch is accused of starting a wildfire that burned 12,700 acres owned by a timber company that’s now seeking $15 million in damages. The Green Diamond Resource Co. of Seattle has filed a lawsuit claiming the 2018 blaze was started by an all-terrain vehicle operated by an employee of the J-Spear Ranch in Paisley, Ore. The employee was maintaining a fence on a grazing allotment in the Fremont-Winema National Forest when the vehicle sparked the 55,000-acre Watson Creek Fire, which spread onto Green Diamond’s forestland, the complaint said. “On information and belief, the ATV was not equipped with fire-suppression equipment that would have prevented the heat produced by the muffler from igniting ground fuels, including, but not limited to, a spark-arresting device,” according to the complaint.

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