Woman has not paid $775K in fire costs

Woman has not paid $775K in fire costs

17 April 2009

published by www.seattlepi.com

USA — The woman blamed for sparking a wildfire in Spokane Valley last summer that destroyed 11 homes has not paid the state nearly $775,000 in firefighting costs.

The state attorney general’s office sent Tracy Berg’s lawyer a letter recently asking about the bill, which was mailed more than three months ago.

Berg, a surgeon, was linked to the July 10 fire after investigators determined a recreational fire she allowed a 16-year-old to set sparked flames that grew into the 1,000-acre Valley View fire.

Three lawsuits against Berg filed by landowners affected by the fire are pending in Spokane County Superior Court.

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