Officials said a construction company and a logging firm have collectively agreed to pay $9 million for damages resulting from a 2012 wildfire that burned more than 1,600 acres of national forest land in Northern California.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento said on Monday that the agreement settles a lawsuit brought by the federal government against Kernen Construction and Bundy & Sons Logging.
Prosecutors said that Bundy’s logging equipment being hauled by Kernen became unsecured and dragged along a highway. This caused sparks that ignited dry vegetation.
The resulting fire burned brush and timber within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Neither company admits liability for the fire under the settlement.