HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Places » U.S. » Colorado (Group) » United States Sues Railro...

Wed Jul 3, 2019, 04:20 AM

United States Sues Railroad To Recover Millions In Damages Caused By "416" Fire Near Durango

DENVER, Colorado U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and its owner and operator, American Heritage Railways, Inc., seeking to recover damages it suffered as a result of the 416 Fire, which started on the morning of June 1, 2018, near Durango, Colorado. The United States incurred approximately $25 million in suppression costs and other damages, including rehabilitation costs, which are still to be fully determined.

The 416 Fire burned approximately 54,000 acres, mostly on lands in the San Juan National Forest, and required significant deployment of federal firefighting resources. Five incident management teams (IMTs) were assigned to the fire during the course of the incident. All the IMTs assigned met the objective of keeping the fire west of Highway 550 and north of a large subdivision. The fire burned actively for approximately 61 days and was not declared completely extinguished until November 29, 2018.

In the complaint, the United States alleges that the ignition of the 416 Fire occurred adjacent to the railroad track used by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Company. The United States alleges that the fire was ignited by burning particles emitted from an exhaust stack on a coal-burning steam engine locomotive owned and operated by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and its owner and operator, American Heritage Railways, Inc.

The United States asserts that because the fire was caused by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and American Heritage Railways, Inc., they should be held liable under federal and Colorado law for all the damages incurred by the United States as a result of the fire, including the costs of fire suppression and the costs to rehabilitate the public lands damaged by the fire.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-co/pr/united-states-sues-railroad-recover-millions-damages-caused-416-fire-near-durango

0 replies, 263 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Reply to this thread