The giant Farmers Insurance Group blames Santa Cruz County for contributing to the spread of the summertime Trabing wildfire, which destroyed dozens of homes.
Farmers filed $3 million worth of claims saying the county failed to clear away roadside brush, allowing the 630-acre blaze to spread.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday denied dozens of Farmers claims. County lawyers wouldn’t comment on the insurance company claims because of the possibility of a lawsuit.
The Trabing Fire started June 20 when a vehicle on Highway 1 ignited brush. Some 26 homes and nearly 50 other structures were damaged or destroyed.
Farmers alleges overgrown vegetation on nearby county roads fanned the flames and contributed to the destruction.
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