USA — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah is suing three railroad companies for damages related to a fire in Price Canyon in the summer of 2002.
The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court says the fire was caused by sparks thrown from a locomotive that was helping a train through the canyon.
The fire burned about 3,200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land.
The government is seeking $653,000 in damages to recoup costs from fighting the fire and rehabilitating the land.
The lawsuit names Union Pacific Railroad Company, MotivePower Inc., and Utah Railway Company as defendants.
Zoe Richmond, a spokeswoman for Union Pacific Railroad Company, says it hasn’t received the suit yet and can’t comment. Officials from the other two companies did not immediately return messages left Friday.