Sierra Pacific Industries has been arguing for nearly six years that it wasn’t responsible for starting the 2007 Moonlight Fire. Last week the timber company received a favorable ruling that helped to bolster its claim.
One week before a civil trial was scheduled to begin in Plumas County Superior Court in Portola, Judge Leslie C. Nichols reviewed the evidence and told the prospective jurors to stay home. He said there simply wasn’t enough evidence against SPI to justify a trial.
CalFire was suing SPI for $8 million to pay the state’s expenses from fighting the two-week wildfire that burned 65,000 acres.