Royal Gorge Railroad To Pay $300K Over Wildfire

Parkdale Canyon Fire Burned 600 Acres In 2010

Federal prosecutors say the Royal Gorge Route Railroad has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle allegations that it caused a wildfire that burned more than 600 acres in June 2010.

Prosecutors said Monday the railroad company is settling without admitting any liability or wrongdoing. The money is helping cover fire suppression costs.

The federal government had alleged the railroad's operation of a scenic train from Cañon City to Parkdale caused the Parkdale Canyon Fire. Prosecutors say the train didn't have working spark arresters and brake shoes, and fires broke out along the tracks after the train passed through.

The railroad said in a written statement that it will continue to make safety a priority.

Dorothy Twellman and Diane Alvies lost their home and barn on the Royal D Ranch in the fire.

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