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Prescott denies financial claims in deadly Yarnell Fire

Dan Parker, right, the father of Wade Parker, who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, receives a hug following an Industrial Commission of Arizona hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The commission approved a nearly $560,000 fine on Wednesday against the state Forestry Division in the deaths of 19 firefighters after the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health agency found that officials put protection of property ahead of safety and should have pulled out crews earlier. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

Dan Parker, right, the father of Wade Parker, who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, receives a hug following an Industrial Commission of Arizona hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The commission approved a nearly $560,000 fine on Wednesday against the state Forestry Division in the deaths of 19 firefighters after the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health agency found that officials put protection of property ahead of safety and should have pulled out crews earlier. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The City of Prescott has denied compensation claims filed in connection with a deadly Arizona wildfire.

Yarnell property owners and the mother of a Granite Mountain Hotshot who died along with 18 of his crew members have accused public agencies of negligence.

An attorney representing Prescott said Wednesday that claims by Marcia McKee, the mother of Grant McKee, are barred under state law.

The city says it isn’t liable to the property owners either, because its actions weren’t reckless or negligent and didn’t result in the loss of property or income.

The city also notes that it was cleared of wrongdoing in a state worker safety investigation into the June 30 deaths.

The claims are precursors to lawsuits and attempts at financial settlements. They seek tens of millions of dollars.

The attorney who filed them declined comment.

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