Once again, a squirrel clambering onto a power line has been blamed for a brush fire in this border town north of Oroville, Wash.

OSOYOOS, British Columbia — Once again, a squirrel clambering onto a power line has been blamed for a brush fire in this border town north of Oroville, Wash.

Firefighters were summoned Monday after a squirrel scrambled up a Fortis Inc. utility pole, got zapped and landed in flames on some dry brush outside a fruit packing business, Fire Chief Ross Driver said.

By the time a pumper truck and a bush truck arrived, nearby residents had doused the flames.

“This identical incident has happened on the same pole one or two times a year for the past several years,” Driver said.

Each time, firefighters find a dead, burned squirrel at the base of the utility pole, he said.

Driver said he didn’t know what Fortis could do to prevent future squirrel-caused fires.