The Cedar Fire
was a human-caused wildfire
that burned out of control through a large area of San Diego County
, in Southern California, in October 2003. The Cedar Fire was one of 15 wildfires throughout Southern California
that month, which became known as the "2003 Firestorm" and the "Fire Siege of 2003."
The Old Fire
in San Bernardino County
was another in the Fire Siege, and briefly the largest until the Cedar Fire overtook it and broke the state's record.
Driven by Santa Ana Winds
, the Cedar Fire burned 2,820 buildings (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.
The Cedar Fire began in the Cleveland National Forest
and was reported at 5:37 p.m. PDT
on October 25, 2003 south of Ramona
in central San Diego County
. Within ten minutes of the initial report of the fire, the U.S. Forest Service
had deployed 10 fire engines, two water tenders, two hand crews and two chief officers. Within 30 minutes, 320 firefighters and six fire chiefs were en route. A San Diego County Sheriff's Department ASTREA