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LaBarranca Fire

Verde, AZ: (May-09-08) The US Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona and the US Forest Service brought charges against the Yavapai Fence Company, for its role in the LaBarranca Fire that burned private, state and federal land in June 2006. The company's insurance carrier was also named in the suit. The complaint stated that the fire was sparked off while an employee of Yavapai Fence Company was working on a private fence in the LaBarranca II residential community along Jacks Canyon Road in the Village of Oak Creek. Sparks that flew from the worker's grinding tool set dry brush nearby on fire, spreading to the Pine Valley housing development. As a result of the blaze, hundreds of homeowners were evacuated. Federal officials stated in a prepared statement that dry conditions in our forests have the potential to turn a mere spark into a devastating wildfire. Where these fires are caused by human carelessness, willfulness or negligence, civil and criminal remedies will be initiated against those responsible for starting them.

As part of a settlement reached, spokespersons on both sides said that the dispute will be resolved with a $500,000 payout by Yavapai Fence Company's insurer. Under the terms of the deal, the US Forest Service will receive $500,000 to help cover expenses it incurred in battling the fire. [VERDE NEWS: FOREST SERVICE RECOVERS COSTS FROM 2006 LA BARRANCA FIRE]

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Published on May-13-08


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