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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Federal officials say a Wyoming judge must determine whether the city of Casper is liable for a 2015 fire before they can determine how much it can receive in reimbursement.

The Casper-Star Tribune reports ( ) the 2015 blaze, which originated in a Casper landfill, burned nearly 16 sq. miles (41 sq. kilometers) of land.

Records obtained by the newspaper say the Wyoming State Forestry Division and the city estimate they spent about $346,000 fighting the fire.

Casper officials have applied for grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which the agency has approved.

The city of Casper asked a judge in 2016 to determine whether it was liable for the fire, but the judge has yet to make the decision and it is unclear when it could come.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,