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Yakima city settles with utility over fire started by police

In this Sunday, July 31, 2016, photo, National Forest Service firefighter Blake Nelsen works to contain a wildfire off of State Route 14 near Moxee, Wash. (Sofia Jaramillo / AP)
In this Sunday, July 31, 2016, photo, National Forest Service firefighter Blake Nelsen works to contain a wildfire off of State Route 14 near Moxee, Wash. (Sofia Jaramillo / AP)

YAKIMA – A city in eastern Washington state has agreed to a settlement with a power company after a large fire started last year during a gun-shooting training exercise for local police officers.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima city council on Tuesday approved a nearly $120,000 settlement with Pacific Power Corp.

The city, which is not admitting fault, will pay half, and its insurance will cover the other half.

The fire burned nearly 5 square miles between June 27 and June 30.

An investigation by the state Department of Natural Resources concluded that two officers who were target shooting caused the fire.

One of the bullets from a live fire exercise severed a power line owned by Pacific Power Corp., causing it to fall to the ground and start the fire.


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