Who’s responsible for paying for recovery costs of a grass fire on Bureau of Land Management land?

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Who’s responsible for paying for recovery costs of a grass fire on Bureau of Land Management land?

My son and 2of his friends were playing with fireworks on BLM ground when one of his friends started a fire. My son and another kid received citations of having and using fireworks. The other boy was cited for starting the fire. A bill of $35k was presented to the boy that started the fire while my son and his friend only received a ticket for $275. Will we be liable for part of the $35K bill? What type of lawyer should I contact for more help, a general practice attorney? In Washoe County, NV.

Asked on September 9, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Nevada

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If your son and another were cited for having and used fireworks and received a ticket for $275.00 for what he did on BLM land and the third child received a bill for $35,000.00, then law enforcement/BLM have determined that your son and the other with the $275.00 fine were less culpable than the othe with the $35,000.00 bill.

I suggest that you retain an attorney to deal with the situation for your family as soon as possible. My thinking is that you should send a check for the ticket for $275.00 as soon as possible for payment in full and hope that your son will not be assessed part of the $35,000.00 costs of fighting the fire.

A general practice attorney should be able to assist you in this matter.

Good luck.


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