The 2003 and 2007 wildfires in southern California

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Edited by: Sarah BoulterJean PalutikofDavid John Karoly, and Daniela Guitart



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]

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title The 2003 and 2007 wildfires in southern California
Chapter 5
DOI 10.1017/CBO9780511845710.007
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publisher location Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Natural disasters and adaptation to climate change
First page 42
Last page 52
Country United States
State California
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