The relatives of Robert Reagan, who was killed while operating a bulldozer near Big Sur last year while working the most expensive wildfire in U.S. history, blame Cal Fire for his death.
A lawyer for Reagan's widow and two children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state of California in Monterey County Superior Court earlier this month.
Their complaint seeks "compensatory damages" in connection with the July 26, 2016, incident in which the machine the 35-year-old man was operating pinned him to the ground after tipping over on a steep embankment.
The rollover marked the first bulldozer operator fatality in a California wildfire in nearly nine years.
Cal Fire directed Reagan to an "unsafe place for a bulldozer to be," according to the complaint.