SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has billed New Mexico’s largest rural electric cooperative more than $38 million to cover costs stemming from one of the largest wildfires in the state’s history.
The federal agency is seeking reimbursement from the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative for costs related to firefighting efforts on the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and work to rehabilitate damaged public lands, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday (http://bit.ly/HDds7S).
The electric co-op has already been targeted in lawsuits by two pueblos, dozens of individual property owners and several insurance companies over the fire. The Forest Service is also named in some of those claims.
The blaze started in June 2011 when a tree fell on a power line owned by the co-op. More than five dozen structures Login to read more