Agency to Seek Costs for Reno Fires

Sierra Fire Protection District Chief Mike Greene said his agency will seek to recover costs from those responsible for sparking the Hawken and Plateau fires in Reno this summer.

The July 23 Hawken fire that burned more than 2,700 acres was sparked by a contractor using a grinder while building a house in Caughlin Ranch.

Greene told Washoe County commissioners Tuesday that about a
quarter of the fire was within the Sierra Fire Protection District and that contractor Doug Lydick could be liable for about $680,000 in costs.

The district also will seek reimbursement from the construction company that caused the June 23 Plateau fire that burned 86 acres
in the same area, he said.

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