Malibu News
Settlement Reached For Malibu Canyon Fire
By Nedda Alishahi
May 24, 2013 - 11:19:42 AM

MALIBU—Edison and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has reached a $37 million settlement over the Edison power lines that fell in October 2007, causing the Malibu Canyon Fire.

Back in 2007, the Santa Ana winds caused the utility poles in the Malibu Canyon area to fall, starting a fire which burned six square miles, destroying nearly 12 structures as well as 36 vehicles. The power lines that were on the poles and initially caused the fire were owned by Edison.

Southern California Edison power lines fell, causing the 2007 Malibu Canyon Fire

During the hearing for the fire, Edison admitted to being in violation of the law since they had not taken the necessary action to prevent the overload of its poles by third party telecommunications equipment. In addition, it was also reportedly discovered that there was a replacement pole which did not follow the regulations of the state regulatory agency safety guidelines.

This settlement was reportedly the third and last settlement in regards to the Malibu Canyon Fire. In September 2012, a $12 million settlement was reached with AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Another settlement involved $14.5 million with Next-G Communications Inc.

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