Cal Fire Files Lawsuit Against Utility For Cost of Powerhouse Fire

February 29, 2016

A state agency is suing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to recover the more than $4 million cost in fighting a wildfire sparked by power lines three years ago.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection alleges in a lawsuit filed last week that the Powerhouse Fire near Santa Clarita was ignited by the electric arcing of power lines, which dropped burning fragments of metal into the dry brush below.

The fire in May 2013 burned 24 homes and about 50 square miles.

fireThe City Attorney’s office had no immediate comment.

A U.S. Forest Service investigation previously concluded the fire was caused by a tripped power line and gusty winds.

Some victims have sued the DWP, blaming the utility for failing to properly maintain power lines.

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