NDF found guilty in Little Valley Fire | NevadaAppeal.com

NDF found guilty in Little Valley Fire

Nevada Appeal staff report
A resident inspects damage his home sustained in the Little Valley fire.
Jim Grant | Nevada Appeal

The Reno Gazette Journal reported a Washoe County jury on Friday found the Nevada Division of Forestry guilty of gross negligence in regards to the Little Valley Fire.

The jury also found, though, the University of Nevada, Reno was not guilty of gross negligence.

The Little Valley Fire burned down 23 homes in Washoe Valley in October 2016 after a prescribed burn that began on University of Nevada, Reno property got out of control.

Fifty-three plantiffs sued for damages as a result of the fire.

Still to be determined is just how much damages NDF is liable for which is capped by Nevada law at $100,000. Dave Houston, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the cap is unfair.