Who Will Pay $12 Million Tab for Fighting East Fork Fire?

Who Will Pay $12 Million Tab for Fighting East Fork Fire?

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The U.S. attorney's office is trying to figure out who's footing the bill for a fire in the Uinta Mountains last year.

The fire started at a well-known Boy Scout camp and took the U-S Forest Service more than 12 million dollars to control.

The Affirmative Civil Enforcement unit at the U-S Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City is in talks with the Boy Scouts of America.

They haven't reached an agreement but the expect to by the end of the year.

The organization has not admitted responsibility for the blaze dubbed the 'East Fork' fire.

They say there were other people in the area at the time.

The fire scorched more than 14-thousand acres in the Wasatch-Cache National forest and caused about 150-thousand dollars in damage.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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