SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A Plumas County judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California’s largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California.
State and federal officials have said the Moonlight Fire was caused by two unsupervised Sierra Pacific Industries employees who operated bulldozers on a red-flag warning day with high fire danger.READ MORE: Support for Windsor Mayor Crumbles as Details of Alleged Sexual Misconduct Emerge
A judge ruled Friday that the state could not prove that Sierra Pacific was negligent in its hiring or supervision of the employees.
CalFire spokeswoman Janet Upton says the state disagrees with the ruling and is considering an appeal.READ MORE: Hundreds at Bay Area Rallies March to Support Asian Americans
The case was set to go to trial Tuesday.
Sierra settled a similar lawsuit with federal prosecutors last summer, agreeing to pay nearly $50 million and donate 22,500 acres of land.MORE NEWS: Former Sebastopol Mayor Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault Against a Minor
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