Southern California Edison under investigation as possible cause of devastating 2020 Bobcat Wildfire
On September 6, 2020, a wildfire broke out in Azusa, California near Cogswell Dam within the Los Angeles National Forest. As of early October 2020, the fire had burned nearly 120,000 acres and was at 90% containment. The fire destroyed at least 87 homes and one commercial structure, plus 83 other structures and 178 vehicles. Six firefighters sustained injuries, and fire suppression costs are estimated at $80 million. Southern California Edison has notified state regulators that tree branches interfering with its equipment may have started the fire.
It is not known yet to what extent, if any, Southern California Edison equipment was involved in causing the Bobcat fire. Damage assessments and repairs continue. As part of its investigation into the fire, the U.S. Forest Service has taken possession of certain Southern California Edison equipment from the wildfire origination area.
Our thoughts and our hearts go out to our neighbors, colleagues, and friends in and around Los Angeles, especially those who have lost their homes and businesses in this newest series of horrific fires. It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the safety personnel and first responders working tirelessly to bring the fires under control and provide aid during this extremely difficult time throughout the affected areas.