Bears Electrocuted by Power Lines Ignite Brush Fire

A mother bear and her cub were electrocuted early Tuesday when they came in contact with power lines and sparked a 1.5-acre fire in Banning that raged for more than three hours.

The fire broke out at 1:46 a.m. near Bluff Street and Banning Bench.

According to Riverside County fire spokeswoman Jennifer Fuhrman, the bears climbed a power pole and “made contact with the high voltage power lines,” killing the bears and igniting the fire.

After catching fire, the bears fell into vegetation below, starting a blaze that county fire crews did not contain until just after 5 a.m.

More than five dozen firefighters responded to the blaze, along with state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials for the deceased bears.

No injuries to people were reported.

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