A man severely injured in an unauthorized controlled burn near the Nebraska-South Dakota border in 2012 will receive $550,000 to help pay his medical bills.
The lawsuit Bryan Bluebird Jr. filed against the village of Rushville, its volunteer fire department, Sheridan County and the Sheridan County sheriff was settled last week.
Bluebird's lawyer said his client is pleased with the result.
Court documents show that fire officials failed to get permission from the landowner or a permit before setting the field on fire. Officials also apparently failed to search the field thoroughly beforehand.