Cedar Fire Proved Wildfires Still a Threat During Wet Season

Despite a very wet October and November, California continues to remain in severe drought conditions over much of the state. Therefore, we all need to keep our focus set on conservation. And let’s not forget that wildfire season is really year-round now. As of this posting there are two active fires burning (more info).

So, today we look back at the Cedar Fire, a wildfire that broke out in San Diego County in October of 2003 and burned into November, with full containment coming on November 4th.


By the time it was all said and done, the blaze burned more than 280,000 acres, destroyed 2, 820 buildings which includes 2,232 homes, and killed 15 people. According to CalFIRE the Cedar Fire ranks as the 2nd most devastating wildfire, and the 3rd deadliest. The winter is no time to let our guards down. We can still face disastrous wildfires and the state still faces a sixth straight year of drought.


If you have some time off  at home during the holidays take a day or two to ensure you have 100 feet of defensible space around your house. Doing that will dramatically increase your chances of saving your house; plus, it’s the law.


Cal OES Fire & Rescue Division


Current Fire Incidents & Map


Defensible Space Information



Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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