September 2, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's largest timber company,
Sierra Pacific Industries, has agreed to pay nearly $50 million and
donate more than 22,000 acres of land as part of a settlement with
federal officials over a 2007 wildfire.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced the settlement on
The Moonlight Fire consumed more than 46,000 acres of public
land in the Plumas and Lassen National Forests.
Wagner says it was caused by two unsupervised employees who
operated bulldozers on a red-flag warning day, indicating high fire
Sierra Pacific denied liability. It said federal prosecutors
were unable to prove it was responsible, but attorneys believed it
might be forced to pay anyway.
Gov. Jerry Brown has sought to limit the amount of damages that
can be recovered from fires on public land.