BANNING, Calif. (AP) — Southern California fire officials say a brush fire was ignited when two bear cubs climbed a power pole, were electrocuted by high-voltage lines and their burning bodies fell to the ground.
Riverside County firefighters responded at 1:46 a.m. Tuesday to the blaze in Banning. They stopped the fire's spread at 1½ acres.
The mother bear and another cub were in the area while 63 firefighters worked the blaze, but they were not considered a threat.
State Fish and Wildlife authorities were called to deal with the dead cubs.