Nearly $60 million settlement reached in Taylor Bridge Fire

SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers say a settlement of nearly $60 million has been reached for their clients who suffered damages as the result of a 2012 blaze near Cle Elum.

Rod Nelson with Abeyta Nelson law firm said Monday in a news release that a total settlement of $59,750,000 was reached between contractors and 124 people related to the Taylor Bridge Fire.

Nelson says the amount is for structure damage, timber loss, grassland restoration, other property loss and payment to the Department of Natural Resources for firefighting and suppression costs.

The Taylor Bridge Fire destroyed 61 homes and blackened 36 square miles in August 2012.

The DNR has said the fire likely was caused by sparks from welding or cutting work on a bridge project southeast of Cle Elum in the Cascade Range.