The Sawtooth Fire west of Los Angeles is just the latest in a series of fires that occur when Santa Ana winds and drought cause catastrophic fire damage to an ever increasing urban invasion of the south California eastern wilderness. The Laguna fire or Kitchen Creek fire ignited on September 26, 1970 when downed power lines sparked fire fueled by Santa Ana winds and chaparral. The Laguna disaster started in eastern San Diego County in the Kitchen Creek area near the Cleveland National Forest.
The Cedar Fire was the second largest wildfire in the history of the state of California. The San Diego County Cedar Fire burned over 280,000 acres destroying 2,232 homes and killing 14 in October, 2003. We are now seeing increasing indications that the same area will have yet another bad fire year.
Cedar Fire Disaster - San Diego County, California - Late October, 2003