Washoe County Lawyers Prepare Suit Over Fire

The Washoe County district attorney's office is preparing a lawsuit to recover more than $1 million from a contractor responsible for igniting a fire last year in southwest Reno.

The Hawken fire broke out July 16 and was blamed on sparks from
grinding equipment being used at a construction site.

The fire burned 2,700 acres of mainly Forest Service land.

Attorneys are scheduled to ask Washoe County commissioners next
month for authorization to proceed with the lawsuit.

After that fire, new regulations were enacted that require contractors to have defensible space around building sites and available water sources.

Fire watches also are required when fire danger is high.