2003 was the worst fire season to date on the west coast of North America until 2012 and 2013 pasted it.
The Cedar Fire was a huge man-made wildfire which burned out of control through a large area of San Diego County in October 2003. Pushed by seasonal hot and dry 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 3rd, making it the largest fire on recorded in California history up to that time.
The Cedar Fire was one of fifteen wild 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 expensive home areas during this very dry and windy period.
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