MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) _ A hawk dropped a snake onto a power line, sparking a small brush fire that briefly threatened expensive homes northwest of Los Angeles.

The 3-foot gopher snake was found headless and coiled around the top of a power pole, authorities said.

``These are started more often by squirrels or birds. A snake is pretty rare,'' Southern California Edison spokesman Rudy Gonzales said.

Tuesday's fire knocked out power to 2,800 customers. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about an hour, and power was restored in several hours.