California Wildfires

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California Wildfires

  1. 1. Wildfires Rip Through Southern California
  2. 2. Worst California Fires of 21 st Century <ul><li>Cedar Fire (October 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Zaca Fire (July 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>October 2007 Fires </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 2008 Fires </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cedar Fire: October 2003 <ul><li>Cause: A man named Sergio Martinez claims he started the fire to signal rescuers after he got lost. </li></ul><ul><li>It was spread by strong Santa Ana Winds. </li></ul><ul><li>Affected Areas: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties </li></ul>
  4. 4. Aftermath <ul><li>Area Burned: 280,278 acres </li></ul><ul><li>Homes Destroyed: 2,232 </li></ul><ul><li>Fatalities: 15 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Zaca Fire: July 2007 <ul><li>Cause: The fire started as a result of sparks from a grinding machine being used to fix a water pipe. </li></ul><ul><li>Affected Areas: Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River Recreation Area </li></ul>
  6. 6. Aftermath <ul><li>Area Burned: 240,207 acres </li></ul><ul><li>Luckily, no homes were lost, and no fatalities occurred. </li></ul>
  7. 7. October 2007 Fires <ul><li>Cause: Drought in Southern California, hot weather, and strong Santa Ana winds </li></ul><ul><li>A few of the fires are suspected to have been started deliberately. </li></ul><ul><li>Affected Areas: San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Barnardino, Santa Barbara, and Riverside Counties </li></ul>
  8. 8. Aftermath <ul><li>Area Burned: 500,000 acres </li></ul><ul><li>Homes Destroyed: Over 1,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Injured: At least 70 </li></ul><ul><li>Fatalities: 14 </li></ul>
  9. 9. More Pictures Of October 2007 Fires
  10. 10. Summer 2008 Fires <ul><li>Cause: Most of the fires were started by lightning from dry thunderstorms. Some were caused by the dry, hot weather. </li></ul><ul><li>Affected Areas: Santa Barbara County, Mariposa County, and the Sierra Nevada foothills in central California </li></ul>
  11. 11. Aftermath <ul><li>Area Burned: 1,157,930 acres </li></ul><ul><li>Homes Destroyed: Few homes were destroyed, however many were evacuated. </li></ul><ul><li>Fatalities: 8 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Importance <ul><li>Learning about tragic historical events can help prevent future tragedies from occuring. </li></ul><ul><li>Every year fires burn forests and destroy homes in Southern California. This knowledge can help people plan and prepare for fires in the future. </li></ul>
  13. 13. And Remember….

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