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DNR Files Lawsuit Over Taylor Bridge Fire

June 10, 2013

The Department of Natural Resources has filed a lawsuit to recover the costs of putting out the Taylor Bridge fire that occured August 13, 2012. The lawsuit, filed in Kittitas County, is against Conway Construction Company and Rainier Steel, Inc. The DNR is seeking over $5 million in the recovery claim, about half of the total suppression cost of the fire.

Over $11 million was expended by the DNR and through the Washington state patrols office and fire marshal mobilizing further aid. More than 23,000 acres burned, along with 61 homes, at the intersection of State Highway 10 and Taylor Road, southeast of Cle Elum.

The DNR’s investigation of the incident stated the cause of origin clearly indicates negligence on the part of Conway Construction and Rainier Steel.