Denver (AP) The federal government wants the Colorado Nature Ranch to pay the cost of fighting the July, 2003, Brush Mountain wildfire near Grand Junction. In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, the government says the fire started when employees of the ranch were burning piles of brush during a severe drought, high fire danger and after Garfield County enacted a fire ban.
The lawsuit says ranch employees failed to take reasonable
precautions to prevent a fire or suppress a fire if one should occur. The fire eventually consumed more than 5,200 acres on both private and public land and cost more than $2 million dollars to suppress.
A spokeswoman for the Kessler Collection, which owns the ranch, says they weren't aware of a lawsuit and declined comment.
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