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LADWP

    Feds Say Powerhouse Fire Caused By Downed Power Lines

    More than one year after dozens lost their homes in the Powerhouse Fire last June, federal officials say the cause was what many suspected all along -- downed power lines near a 96-year-old power plant Powerhouse No. 1. “The U.S. Forest Service determined the cause of the Powerhouse Fire to be electrical power lines creating a competent ignition source,” according to a U.S. Forest Service news release Monday. “All other causes were excluded.” All fire causes were considered, investigated and evaluated during the Powerhouse Fire investigation, officials said, which has lasted more than a year.

    Lawsuit To Seek Millions From LADWP Due To Damages From Powerhouse Fire

    More than 100 Santa Clarita Valley residents and businesses joined together in a lawsuit likely to seek at least $20 million from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over the Powerhouse Fire, an attorney said Tuesday. A lawsuit brought forth by the law offices of Gerard Singleton, claims LADWP facility Powerhouse No. 1, the first power plant for Los Angeles, is responsible for the fire, Singleton said.
    “Pretty much everyone involved believes that the lines caused the fire, but we don’t know the exact mechanism,” Singleton said. The law firm is awaiting permission for full access to the facility so its experts can conduct their own investigation.

    Water Shortage Continues For LARC Ranch After Emergency Declaration

    LARC Ranch continues to face water shortages while the County awaits permits for Bouquet Canyon Creek cleanup.