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The 2003 and 2007 wildfires in southern California

January 1, 2013

Although many residents of southern California have long recognised that wildfires in the region are an ongoing, constant risk to lives and property, the enormity of the regional fire hazard caught the world’s attention during the southern California firestorms of 2003 (Figure 5.1). Beginning on 21 October, a series of fourteen wildfires broke out across the five-county region under severe Santa Ana winds, and within two weeks, more than 300,000 ha had burned (Keeley et al., 2004). The event was one of the costliest in the state’s history, with more than 3,600 homes damaged or destroyed and twenty-four fatalities. Suppression costs for the 12,000 firefighters have been estimated at US$120 million, and the total response and damage cost has been estimated at more than US$3 billion (COES, 2004). [Excerpt]

Publication Year 2013
Title The 2003 and 2007 wildfires in southern California
DOI 10.1017/CBO9780511845710.007
Authors Jon E. Keeley, Alexandra D. Syphard, C. J. Fotheringham
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70124301
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center