Rehberg Ranch Estates Sues City of Billings

By Beacon Staff

BILLINGS – A Billings subdivision developed by Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg and managed by his wife, Jan, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Billings and the Billings Fire Department.

Rehberg Ranch LLC contends property and equipment was damaged at Rehberg Ranch Estates because the fire department breached its duty during a wildfire that burned more than 1,100 acres in the subdivision west of Billings Logan International Airport in July of 2008.

The company in court documents filed Friday in Yellowstone County District Court says the fire scorched trees and ground cover causing irreparable damage on a large section of land intended for development.

The company is asking for a monetary award to be established at trial.

City officials in Billings did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Sunday.