Public Duty Doctrine Applies When the Washington DNR Acts as a Fire Prevention and Suppression Agenc
Recent case decides if DNR was acting in breach of duties.
A recent case, in which more than 250,000 acres of land were burned by fire before authorities were able to extinguish it, was brought about because plaintiffs were seeking to recover property damages against the DNR. This white paper reviews this case and what the outcome was based on what the three decisions the court based their analysis on.
Kirstin K. Gruver is as associate in the Seattle office of Beveridge & Diamond PC. She maintains a diverse environmental litigation and regulatory practice, working with clients nationwide across industrial sectors with a focus on wetlands and water issues. Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Kirstin worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney at the Clark County Prosecutor's office. She also worked as a legal intern with the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, and as a summer clerk at Earthjustice.
Kirstin attended law school at the University of Washington School of Law, where she served as an extern at the Attorney General's Office of the University of Washington and as a legal intern at the University of Washington Tribal Defense Clinic. She also acted as the Notes & Comments Editor of the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. Before attending law school, Kirstin served a year with AmeriCorps working in the Flathead Valley doing watershed conservation and restoration work on the Flathead River, working with local farmers to create and implement restoration plans for their riverbanks. She also led environmental education sessions at her local Boys and Girls Club on the importance of wetlands and sustainable water resources.
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