(CBS Seattle) — A squirrel is being blamed for starting a small brush fire south of Bend, Oregon.
The critter touched a pair of power lines along U.S. Highway 97 Monday, creating a short circuit that electrocuted and ignited the animal, according to The Bulletin. The squirrel fell to the ground and landed in a small grove.
Firefighters and U.S. Forest Service officials were able to put out the fire within an hour, but the flames did cause a brief closure on the highway. Fire officials say the blaze also scorched a pole and caused about $50 in damage to a nearby travel trailer.
According to firefighters, this is the second squirrel in two weeks to spark a fire in the area. On Sept. 9, a squirrel atop a power pole contacted live wires and started a small brush fire, leaving more than 100 homes in southwest Bend without electricity for roughly four hours.
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