Jury to decide payout amounts for damage caused by fire

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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A jury is hearing arguments Monday over how much money two New Mexico pueblos will receive following the Las Conchas fire.

The fire broke out in 2011 when a tree fell onto power lines. In 2015, the Jemez Electric Co-Op and Tri State Generation were sued for damages.

A certified arborist says the co-op did not properly train inspectors.

The fire destroyed dozens of homes on the Jemez and Cochiti Pueblos. The flooding that followed was even more destructive.

No word on how much the pueblos are seeking.

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