The Cedar Fire was a man-made wildfire which burned out of control through a large area of Southern California in October 2003. Pushed by Santa Ana Winds, the brush fire burned 280,278 acres and 2,820 structures (including 2,232 homes) and had killed 15 people including one firefighter before being contained on November 3, making it the largest fire in recorded California history up to that time.

The Cedar Fire was one of fifteen fires throughout Southern California that windy month, including the Old Fire, which became known as the "2003 firestorm" and the "Fire Siege of 2003. Large insurance claims occurred in 2003 due to the many fires that hit during this very dry and windy period.

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