Salt Lake County seeking $50,000 in wildfire costs

Sep 22 2011 - 5:33pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake County officials are asking state attorneys to help recover more than $50,000 from the Army for costs of fighting a 2010 wildfire caused by a live-fire training exercise.

Mayor Peter Corroon says Thursday the county did its part by battling the Machine Gun Fire but the Army is refusing to reimburse the county for costs.

Corroon filed a letter with the Attorney General's Office after the Army denied the county's claims and cautioned that any appeals would likely be denied.

The Army says in its denial letter that they're not responsible for costs incurred by public entities.

The Sept. 19 fire started inside Camp Williams and swept into the Salt Lake City suburb of Herriman. It destroyed three houses, damaged a fourth, burned down outhouses and torched vehicles.


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