State sues SCE and T-Mobile, saying they caused the Silverado fire in OC in 2020 [telecom]

The blaze forced the evacuation of 90,000 and critically burned two Orange County Fire Authority firefighters

By Tony Saavedra

The state forestry department has sued Southern California Edison and T-Mobile USA, alleging equipment failures caused the 12,466-acre Silverado fire in 2020, displacing 90,000 residents in south Orange County.

The lawsuit filed Thursday, Oct. 20 by the California Department of Forestry said arcing between a 12,000-volt electrical conductor operated by Edison and a communication line assembly belonging to T-Mobile ignited the wildfire in the early morning of Oct. 26, 2020.

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