Federal Lawsuit Claims Wildfires Started by Railroad Company

DURANGO (AP) – A federal lawsuit says nearly 50 fires in Colorado were ignited by a railroad company in the weeks leading up to a major wildfire. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad caused smaller fires along its tracks in the weeks leading up to the 416 Fire. The U.S. Forest Service has filed a $25 million lawsuit for firefighting costs that says the company was responsible for starting the 416 Fire in June 2018. The railroad denies its locomotives started the wildfire.