SACRAMENTO -- Southern California Edison Co. will pay the federal government $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit seeking damages from a 2007 wildfire that burned parts of the Sequoia National Forest.
The lawsuit alleged that negligence by the Rosemead electric utility caused the blaze.
"Poorly maintained hardware on a power distribution line owned by Edison caused an electrical fault, and molten material fell to the ground below, igniting dry vegetation," said a statement issued by Benjamin B. Wagner, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento.
The blaze, known as the James Fire, burned 1,350 acres, mostly within the Sequoia National Forest in the central Sierra Nevada. The forest is best known for its 33 groves of giant sequoia trees that grow at lower elevations.
Edison, in agreeing to the legal settlement, did not admit any negligence, wrongful conduct or liability. In a statement Edison called the settlement "an appropriate resolution of this dispute."