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Jun 24, 2014 3:31 AM by Associated Press

Power lines sparked fire that burned 24 homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says power lines sparked a Southern California wildfire last year that burned 24 home northeast of Los Angeles.

The agency announced Monday that electric lines ignited the Powerhouse Fire near Santa Clarita and in the Angeles National Forest. However, details weren't released.

The fire began on May 30, 2013 near a hydroelectric power plant. Fueled by heat, high winds and dry brush, it covered about 50 square miles in 10 days.

Some victims have sued the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, claiming the utility failed to properly maintain power lines and equipment.

The DWP says it hasn't seen the Forest Service report and will comment after it's reviewed. The agency says it cooperated with the Forest Service investigation and is conducting its own probe.

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