Idaho Sues Loggers Who Caused LODD Steep Corner Fire

The State of Idaho has filed suit against the parties it contends were responsible for causing the Steep Corner Fire in 2012 that claimed the life of a US Forest Service firefighter.

Anne Veseth, 20, was killed on August 12, 2012, when she was struck by a falling tree. OSHA later cited the Forest Service for two safety violations in connection with her death

On Monday, Idaho sued Potlatch Land and Lumber, Potlatch Forest Holdings, Clearwater Paper Corp., Potlatch Corp., and DABCO Inc. in an effort to recoup its costs in fighting the 43 acre blaze. The suit contends that DABCO employees caused the fire by using non-approved devices that produced sparks.

More on the suit.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
x

Check Also

First Suit Filed Over Florida’s Firefighter Cancer Presumption Law

A St. Petersburg fire lieutenant who was diagnosed with cancer last year, and who was denied coverage under Florida’s newly enacted cancer presumption law, has filed suit. Lt. Jason Francis filed suit against the city of St. Petersburg. He filed for benefits under Florida Statutes 112.1816 on July 1, 2019, which incidentally was the day the law went into effect.

Shreveport Firefighter’s Termination for Domestic Violence Upheld

A Shreveport firefighter who was disciplined for an act of violence against a woman in front of a fire station in January 2015, and then terminated following a second incident with a different woman in November, 2015, has lost his appeal for reinstatement before the Louisiana Court of Appeals.