The State of Nevada has agreed to a settlement with the 105 property owners who suffered as a result of the 2016 Little Valley Fire. The property owners will receive $25 million from the state and its insurance company.
Little Valley Fire settlement is $25
million, State of Nevada to pay $10
WASHOE VALLEY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The State of
Nevada will pay $10 million to Little Valley Fire victims as part
of a $25 million total settlement agreement expected to be
approved by state oﬃcials this week.
Under the agreement, the 105 plaintiﬀs will receive $18 million
and their insurance companies will receive $7 million for a
total settlement amount of $25 million.
Nevada's excess insurer will pay out $15 million, but the
remaining $10 million will come directly from state coﬀers.
The Nevada Board of Examiners is expected to formally
approve the deal at a Thursday morning meeting in Carson
The settlement represents the culmination of a two-year-long
legal battle on behalf of 23 victims who lost their homes and
others who lost property in the October 2016 blaze.
"It's a fair resolution given the law and budgetary
constraints of the state of Nevada," Matthew
Sharp, attorney for the victims, said.
Sharp said how the $18 million will be dispersed between the
plaintiﬀs and how much money will go toward attorney's fees
The Little Valley Fire, the most destructive wildﬁre in recent
Northern Nevada memory, was determined to have been
caused by an escape from a Nevada Division of Forestry
In August 2018, a jury found the NDF 'grossly negligent' for the
blaze that burned about 2,300 acres in Washoe Valley, just
south of Reno.
According to documents on the Nevada Board of Examiners
website, settlement demands reached a peak of $325 million
at one point.
Per the agreement, the State of Nevada is required to make
the $10 million payment before July 1, 2019.
Three million is expected to be paid from the state's tort fund,
with the remaining $7 million coming from the statutory
The Nevada Attorney General's oﬃce was not immediately
available for comment, but the document indicates that "the
settlement is in the best interest of the state."