The Laguna Fire, previously known as the Kitchen Creek Fire and the Boulder Oaks Fire, was, at its time, the largest wildfire in the history of California.
The Laguna fire was started by downed power lines during Santa Ana winds in the Kitchen Creek area of the Laguna Mountains in eastern San Diego County on the morning of September 26, 1970. In only 24 hours it burned westward about thirty miles to the outskirts of El Cajon and Spring Valley. The fire devastated the communities of Harbison Canyon and Crest. In the end the fire burned 175,425 acres and 382 homes killing eight people.
Note: The Laguna Fire was surpassed as the largest fire in California history by the 280,278 acre Cedar Fire in October 2003, and the July 2007 Zaca Fire which burned 240,207 remote acres in Santa Barbara County.
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