Q: I live in a wildfire prone area backing up to undeveloped, bank owned land . Can I get the bank to mitigate that land?
Land has a large amount of beetle kill. The neighboring properties are all mitigated but the bank land was not sprayed for beetles and now contains a large amount of fire fuel. Is there preliminary action that can be taken, if there is a large fire, is there any negligence on the bank's part?
A: You could file an action for nuisance abatement. That suit would be filed against the bank on behalf of you, and other adjacent owners. You might try having a lawyer write a letter on your behalf first. If the bank responds to that, it would be less time consuming and less costly. Still, the letter would be demanding that the bank abate the nuisance being caused by the excessive fuel load on its property.
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