Buckrail.com Sep 11, 2020
Quentin Rhoades of Rhoades Siefert & Erickson said he and his partners are representing the Knezovich’s of Rock Springs, Wyoming in the personal injury claim. Rhoades said the Forest Service knew, or should have known, the fire was human-caused and should have taken swift action to fight it. Forest Service policy and practice requires the agency to aggressively fight human-caused fires. “It’s the standard of care for human-caused fires,” Rhoades said.
Lightning strike records available at the time from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) severe weather web site showed the last lightning strike in the area was August 28. Firefighters were available who were just leaving a nearby fire that same day.
Rhoades is representing the Knezovich’s and most of 30 more claimants who are filing tort claims against the Forest Service under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) said Frank Carroll, managing partner at Professional Forest Management, a wildfire consultancy assisting with the Roosevelt fire claims.