Dog Head Fire victims file new lawsuit

New Mexico
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More residents affected by the Dog Head Fire near Chilili have filed a lawsuit against the federal government. 

That fire broke out on June 14, 2016, during a thinning project in the national forest east of Chilili. The fire ended up destroying 12 homes and burning through 17,000 acres, most of which was on the Chilili land grant. 

Now, members of the land grant are suing, saying the government has never responded to their claims for reimbursement for damages. They claim the department was negligent in making sure the masticator machine, which started the fire, was in good condition and failed to provide fire extinguishers to the crew. 

They also claim first responders from local agencies were denied access when they tried to put the fire out, resulting in a significant delay and much bigger fire. 

The landowners are asking for the government to pay all damages. The government has not yet responded to the claims. 

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