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Lawsuit Against State Expected In Corral Canyon Fire

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After losing their home in last November's Corral Canyon fire, Malibu residents Paul and Sara Grisanti have filed a claim against California that essentially says the state knew the cave--where the fire was allegedly started by a group of partying young men--was a big, danger-causing hangout, reports the LA Times. A disco inferno, really. Grisantis (who is also a real estate agent) says that state received numerous complaints about partying in the cave; he also says he was told that the parks department didn't have enough money for a full-time ranger in the area. Apparently unable to sue the cave, Grisantis is going after the state: Via the Times: "Grisantis' claim, seeking more than $3 million in damages, alleges that the state Department of Parks and Recreation knew that a large cave in the Corral Canyon portion of Malibu Creek State Park posed a fire danger because residents had often complained that it was a popular site for moonlight carousing and bonfires." More claims from homeowners, who also want a gate installed half a mile from the entrance of the cave, are expected.
· First claim in Malibu wildfire is filed [LAT]
· $10,000 Reward Coming in Corral Blaze; Investigators Look For Marshmallow Clues [Curbed LA]