Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, which is being sued by 53 Bastrop County homeowners who lost their homes in the 2011 wildfires, is in turn suing the tree-trimming company contracted to maintain vegetation along its power lines. The suit seeks more than $35 million from Asplundh Tree Expert Co. for repairs and other costs, including attorneys fees that Bluebonnet has incurred defending itself in court.
On Sept. 4, 2011, fallen trees knocked down Bluebonnet power lines, sparking a wildfire on Charolais Drive in the Circle D subdivision just west of Texas 21, according to a Texas Forest Service report. A second fire ignited four miles away when a dead tree fell on another power line on Schwantz Ranch Road. The two fires merged near Cardinal Drive and swept south, blown by a steady wind. It turned out to be the most destructive fire in Texas history, destroying 1,700 homes, burning nearly 34,000 acres and claiming two lives.
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