SoCal Edison, SB Co. sued for 2007 IE fire

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.

The fire burned more than 800 acres after a tree fell onto power lines, overheating the equipment.

The Forest Service sued both agencies, saying the tree was growing on a dangerous slope and that inspectors should have noticed the danger and removed the tree.

The federal agency also said electrical equipment wasn't properly maintained.

Southern California Edison's land-use agreement with the Forest Service states the utility is responsible for any damages caused by its electrical equipment.

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