SCE, Calif. County Extinguish Fire Suit For $9.6M

Law360, Los Angeles (September 23, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT) -- Southern California Edison Co. and the county of San Bernardino, Calif., have paid $9.6 million to settle the U.S. Forest Service's suit over costs associated with fighting the 2007 Grass Valley Fire, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

The wildfire, which scorched approximately 850 acres of the San Bernardino National Forest, was sparked when a pine tree on a county controlled right-of-way fell directly onto six SCE power lines. The downed lines allegedly caused a power surge that overheated equipment on a nearby power pole,...
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