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Lawsuit continues over wildfire that burned 23 Nevada homes

Posted September 8

— A judge in Reno has given a green light to homeowners to proceed with an $80 million lawsuit accusing state forestry officials of negligently handling a controlled burn that escaped and destroyed 23 homes last fall.

Washoe County District Court Judge Scott Freeman denied the state's motion to dismiss the lawsuits stemming from the Little Valley fire that raged out of control in the Washoe Valley north of Carson City last October.

Ken Lyon, one of the homeowners' lawyers, told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/yad67vok) it means they will get their day in court.

The lawsuit alleges the government illegally took over their property and left it "valueless and virtually unusable" because the state Division of Forestry "negligently, carelessly and recklessly" failed to manage the prescribed burn.

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