Monday, August 22, 2016

Ranchers Settle $6.8 Million Wildfire Lawsuit With Federal Government

The owners of a ranch south of Glendo have settled a $6.8 million lawsuit against the federal government for damages during the Sawmill Fire caused by Colorado Army National Guard troops training at Camp Guernsey in 2012, according to court records. Kevin and Susan Rothschild, who have owned the 5,000-acre Bulls Bend Ranch, LLLP, for more than 20 years, demanded the damages from the National Guard and other defendants, according to a lawsuit they filed in May 2015. The lawsuit initially named multiple defendants, but most were dismissed and the United States became the sole defendant. Court records do not identify the specific amount the Rothschilds received. U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson issued the order dismissing the case Monday. The government should have known better, according to the amended complaint filed by the Cheyenne law firm the Kuker Group, which represents the Rothschilds. Despite fire bans authorized by the Platte County Commission because of extremely dry weather, troops used ammunition and explosives at Camp Guernsey that led to the Sawmill Fire that burned over 22 square miles, including 2,000 acres on the Rothschilds’ ranch. “The Defendant, through its negligent supervision of its agents and as a direct and proximate consequence of their acts, was further negligent, irresponsible, reckless, and acted without regard for plaintiff’s property by not having any fire extinguishing equipment or other controls in place to control and minimize the risk of fire from their activities,” according to the amended complaint...more

1 comment:

Dave Pickel said...

More power to them.