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Yakama Nation Seeks More than $65 Million in Fire Damages

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Yakama Nation is seeking $65.5 million in damages from the Klickitat Public Utility District for a 2013 wildfire that burned almost 20,000 acres of tribal timber land.
 
The state says the utility is at fault because its power lines set the blaze. But the PUD claims that loggers were responsible for the fire.
 
The utility is asking a federal court to dismiss the claim, which was filed on behalf of the tribe by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
 
Natural resources director for the Yakama Nation, Phil Rigdon, says the tribe has suffered economic and cultural losses as a result of the wildfire.

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