Idaho firefighting group agrees to pay $10.5K fine over firefighter's death

Idaho firefighting group agrees to pay $10.5K fine over firefighter's death

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 9:37 AM

LEWISTON, Idaho -- Officials from an Idaho firefighting organization have reached an agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over citations and fines levied after a 20-year-old firefighter was struck and killed by a falling tree while working on a wildfire last summer.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the Orofino-based Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association has agreed to a $10,500 fine, down from the $14,000 fine that OSHA proposed in February for the death of U.S. Forest Service firefighter Anne Veseth of Moscow. The agreement also revised the citation.

Idaho Department of Lands spokeswoman Emily Callihan says the original citation would have required firefighters to leave any fire where standard firefighting orders couldn't be followed or dangerous situations were present. Callihan says OSHA realized that could prevent an initial attack on many fires.

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