California timber company blasts fire probe

Oct 10, 2014 4:24 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California timber company accused of starting a large wildfire is seeking to undo a $47 million legal settlement because of alleged misdeeds by investigators and prosecutors.

Sierra Pacific Industries filed hundreds of pages of court documents Thursday in federal court seeking to re-open a case settled in 2012. The settlement also required Sierra Pacific to transfer 22,500 acres of land to the state of California. State and federal prosecutors and investigators concluded that the timber company was responsible for a 2007 wildfire that consumed nearly 63 square miles of national forest in Northern California.

A state court judge in February found that officials lied and hid evidence and ordered the state to pay the company $30 million. The company is citing the same evidence to re-open the federal case.

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