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A lawsuit alleging Washington's Department of Natural Resources had no authority to tell landowners to STOP fighing several fires that became the Carlton Complex wildfire of 2014 seems likely to turn into a mass legal action. A trio of attorneys confirms to News Radio 560 KPQ the initial three residents filing the suit are likely to be joined by as many as 200 or more; turning the action into a "mass action" suit.
Attorney Darryl Cochran says many of the residents were fire-savvy firefighters and or smokejumpers trying to save their homes, but ordered off their own land. The suit could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars and set new precedents in who can fight a fire and when.
Records indicate the 2014 Carlton Complex of wildfires cost the state of Washington in excess of 60 million dollars to fight, but more than 300 homes and/or other structures were additionally lost.
Attorney Alex Thomason tells us most of the home owners who lost everything were elderly and had no or insufficient insurance to replace anything. Cochran says the suit's essence alleges home and land owners who tried to fight initially smaller fires begun by lightning were told to stop fighting the fires, and in some cases, were ordered to stop fighting those fires on their own private land.