Bloomberg Law
March 29, 2023, 9:14 PM

Forest Service Immune from Lawsuit Over Lola Peak Fire Notices

Ufonobong Umanah
Ufonobong Umanah

The US Forest Service is immune from a suit over its decisions over how and who to warn about imminent wildfire damage, the 9th Circuit ruled.

The agency engaged in a “multi-faceted communication strategy” that involved using websites, social media, and in-person events to warn the residents of Lolo, Mont., where many people had internet access, according to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Decisions around when to inform landowners involved a judgment on policy, and the Federal Tort Claims Act bars claims against these policy choices, Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote.

The case came out of ...

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