Fifteen years ago, on October 25, 2003, the Cedar Fire was accidentally ignited in a national forest in California. Fanned by the Santa Ana winds, it spread rapidly into San Diego County, transitioned to a wildland-urban interface (WUI) fire, and was not fully contained until November 4. By the time it was finally extinguished on December 5, it had consumed 273,246 acres, 2,232 homes, 22 commercial properties, 566 outbuildings, and 15 lives.
How the Cedar Wildfire of 2003 Became One of California’s Most Destructive
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