The La Cañada Flintridge Country Club filed a lawsuit Monday claiming the U.S. Forest Service caused nearly $50,000 in damage to its grounds while fighting the August 2009 Station fire.
Firefighting helicopters responding to the blaze drained golf course ponds, damaging irrigation pumps, using thousands of gallons of water billed to the club and scattering sand, tree branches and other debris, according to club President Randy Dreyfuss.
The club filed suit in federal court after the Forest Service denied a 2009 administrative claim in November, said club attorney Burton Mark Senkfor.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Heil confirmed the agency’s denial of the country club’s claim in November but said officials have not yet been served with a copy of the lawsuit.
The Station fire consumed 160,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest, destroyed nearly 90 homes and claimed the lives of two Los Angeles County firefighters assisting the Forest Service.