October 2007 California wildfires

NASA satellite photo (provided by NSPO, Taiwan National Space Organization) from October 22, 2007, showing the active fire zones and smoke plumes.
NOAA hot spot map of San Diego County, October 23, 2007.
Weather radar imagery of the fires on October 23.
Smoke filling the sky at sunrise, on October 22, 2007.
San Diego skyline against the smoke at sunrise, on October 23, 2007.
The Harris Fire burning on Mount San Miguel, on the morning of October 23, 2007
Aerial view of the Harris Fire on October 23, 2007, 12:05 pm.
The Poomacha Fire: photo taken looking South towards San Diego from Temecula
The skyline of Long Beach, California, looking east on the morning of October 24, 2007, with the sky filled with smoke.
Santa Clarita, California, on the night of October 21, 2007
Two NASA satellite images from October 21, 2007 show how quickly the fires spread. The right image was taken just 3 hours 15 minutes after the left image.
The Santiago Fire seen from Aliso Viejo, overlooking the city of Lake Forest, on October 23, 2007
Fires burn across a hillside in Orange County.
QuikSCAT image from 2002 showing the speed of the Santa Ana winds (m/s)
A comparison of the Simi Valley skyline from October 21, 2007 (left and center) to October 22, 2007 (right)
Evacuees at evacuation site Mira Mesa High School
The remains of a home destroyed by the Witch Creek Fire
At Naval Air Station North Island, a plane captain launches an MH-60S Seahawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 to conduct operations in support of the California Department of Forestry's efforts in combating the San Diego wildfires.
Firefighters battle a blaze near Irvine, California.

The October 2007 California wildfires, also known as the Fall 2007 California firestorm, were a series of about thirty wildfires (17 of which became major wildfires) that began igniting across Southern California on October 20.

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NASA satellite photo (provided by NSPO, Taiwan National Space Organization) from October 22, 2007, showing the active fire zones and smoke plumes.

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NASA satellite photo (provided by NSPO, Taiwan National Space Organization) from October 24, 2007, showing the active fire zones and smoke plumes.

2007 California wildfires

The 2007 California wildfire season saw at least 9,093 separate wildfires that charred 1,520,362 acre of land.

The 2007 California wildfire season saw at least 9,093 separate wildfires that charred 1,520,362 acre of land.

NASA satellite photo (provided by NSPO, Taiwan National Space Organization) from October 24, 2007, showing the active fire zones and smoke plumes.
QuikSCAT image from 2002 showing the speed of the Santa Ana winds (m/s)
A comparison of the Simi Valley skyline from October 21, 2007 (left and center) to October 22, 2007 (right)
Evacuees at evacuation site Mira Mesa High School
The remains of a home destroyed by the Witch Creek Fire
At Naval Air Station North Island, a plane captain launches an MH-60S Seahawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 to conduct operations in support of the California Department of Forestry's efforts in combating the San Diego wildfires.
Firefighters battle a blaze near Irvine, California
Cots prepared for potential evacuees

Thirty of those wildfires were part of the Fall 2007 California firestorm, which burned approximately 972,147 acres (about 3,934 km2, or 1,520 mi2) of land from Santa Barbara County to the U.S.–Mexico border.

The Santa Ana winds sweep down from the deserts and across coastal southern California, pushing dust and smoke from wildfires far out over the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles is in the upper left of this image, while San Diego is near the center.

Santa Ana winds

The Santa Ana winds are strong, extremely dry downslope winds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and northern Baja California.

The Santa Ana winds are strong, extremely dry downslope winds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and northern Baja California.

The Santa Ana winds sweep down from the deserts and across coastal southern California, pushing dust and smoke from wildfires far out over the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles is in the upper left of this image, while San Diego is near the center.
This map illustration shows a characteristic high-pressure area centered over the Great Basin, with the clockwise anticyclone wind flow out of the high-pressure center giving rise to a Santa Ana wind event as the airmass flows through the passes and canyons of southern California, manifesting as a dry northeasterly wind.
QuikSCAT image showing the speed of the Santa Ana winds (m/s)
The Thomas Fire and two other fires burn out of control near Ventura in December 2017, with a strong Santa Ana wind driving the flames toward the coast and blowing the smoke offshore.

Wildfires fanned by Santa Ana winds burned 721,791 acre in two weeks during October 2003, and another 500000 acre in the October 2007 California wildfires.

Aerial view of the stadium from the north side, 2005

San Diego Stadium

Multi-purpose stadium in San Diego, California.

Multi-purpose stadium in San Diego, California.

Aerial view of the stadium from the north side, 2005
Qualcomm Stadium logo (1997–2017)
Exterior of then-San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium in 1984
SDCCU Stadium logo (2017–2020)
Satellite view of then-Qualcomm Stadium in March 2003, with the trolley line at the bottom of the image.
A Padres game at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium in 1990, before upper deck expansion.
An NFL Chargers playoff game in 2007
Interior of then-Qualcomm Stadium before a SDSU Aztecs football game
The stadium being used as an evacuation center during California wildfires of October 2007.
The stadium under demolition December 10, 2020
San Diego Stadium's demolition as of March 10, 2021

During the Cedar Fire in October 2003 and the October 2007 California wildfires, the stadium served as an evacuation site for those living in affected areas.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

1,800 acre zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido.

1,800 acre zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido.

The main Africa Enclosure, where many of the herbivores live free-range
Rhinos in the African Plains
A replica Congo fishing village in Nairobi Village
Tiger in San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Tiger Trail exhibit
A pair of African lions rest on an overcast day.
A California condor perches on the giant rock in its aviary.
A female nyala in an enclosure near the Africa Tram loading station

The California wildfires that officially started on October 21, 2007, burned 600 acre of native habitat preserved in the park and caused it to temporarily close.

Fallbrook, California

CDP in northern San Diego County, California.

CDP in northern San Diego County, California.

On October 21, 2007, wildfires broke out across San Diego county and other parts of Southern California.

Santa Clarita, California

City in northwestern Los Angeles County, California.

City in northwestern Los Angeles County, California.

Don Ygnacio del Valle, a Californio ranchero, owned much of Santa Clarita as part of his Rancho San Francisco. He founded the original settlement in Santa Clarita.
The Santa Clarita welcome sign (on Newhall Avenue near the 14 freeway) in May 2010.
Saugus High School was the site of a deadly mass shooting on November 14, 2019.
Santa Clarita in July 2016
Map of Santa Clarita, showing neighborhoods, city boundaries, freeways, major surface streets, and the Angeles National Forest.
The Sand Fire burning in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in 2016. Wildfires of varying sizes occur periodically around the valley.
A stretch of Valencia Boulevard in July 2004, near the Westfield Valencia Town Center. The bridge in the distance carries a paseo (a type of dedicated pedestrian pathway) over the roadway.
California Institute of the Arts
Entrance to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2014.
Overlooking Santa Clarita from Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon
Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, part of the larger George A. Caravalho Sports Complex
The Los Angeles Aqueduct emerges from beneath the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (top right) and crosses the Santa Clara River.
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
Princess Cruises headquarters in Santa Clarita
Westfield Valencia Town Center
Gas station at Sam's Club in the Centre Pointe Business Park
An afternoon train of Metrolink's Antelope Valley Line transits Santa Clarita
Walk of Western Stars

Notable wildfires in the Santa Clarita Valley include the Rye Fire, Buckweed Fire, Sand Fire, and Tick Fire.

San Diego

Major city in the U.S. state of California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and immediately adjacent to the Mexican border.

Major city in the U.S. state of California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and immediately adjacent to the Mexican border.

The Kumeyaay, also known as the Diegueño, have inhabited the area of San Diego for thousands of years.
San Diego's namesake is the 15th-century Spanish saint Didacus of Alcalá.
José María Estudillo served as commandant of the Presidio of San Diego and founded the Estudillo family, a powerful San Diego clan of Californios.
The 1846 Battle of San Pasqual was a decisive battle between American and Californio forces during the U.S. Conquest of California.
The namesake of Horton Plaza, Alonzo Horton developed "New Town," which became Downtown San Diego.
Balboa Park on the cover of a guidebook for the World Exposition of 1915
Satellite view of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico
Mission Valley facing Northwest, taken from Arista Street. Mission Bay can be seen in the distance.
Normal Heights, a neighborhood of San Diego
San Diego skyline, seen in January 2021
Surfers at Pacific Beach
Coastal canyon in Torrey Pines State Reserve
San Diego viewed against the Witch Creek Fire smoke
Map of racial distribution in San Diego, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
A U.S. Navy vice admiral and an intelligence specialist celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month in San Diego
USS Midway museum ship
F/A-18 Hornet flying over San Diego and the USS John C. Stennis
View on Harbor Drive
Downtown San Diego, as seen from Coronado Island
Qualcomm corporate headquarters
Official portrait of Mayor Todd Gloria
San Diego City Council chambers
San Diego Police Department car in the city center
San Diego State University's Hepner Hall
University of California, San Diego's Geisel Library, named for Theodor Seuss Geisel ("Dr. Seuss")
The Museum of Us
Petco Park, home of the Padres since 2004
I-5 looking south toward downtown San Diego
View of Coronado and San Diego from the air
Cross Border Xpress bridge from the terminal in San Diego on the right to the main terminal of Tijuana Airport on the left

Wildfires four years later destroyed some areas, particularly within Rancho Bernardo, as well as the nearby communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Ramona.

The FEMA seal from 1981-2003.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), initially created under President Jimmy Carter by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979.

Agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), initially created under President Jimmy Carter by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979.

The FEMA seal from 1981-2003.
The FEMA flag from 1981-2003 and 2022-present.
President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004.
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DMAT team deployed for Hurricane Ike in Texas
Presidential mobile phone alert for national emergencies.
FEMA vehicle provides communications support after a major hurricane.
FEMA Corps Pacific Region Blue Unit
Evacuees taking shelter at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas
A DMAT member assures a rescued man that the trip to the airport will be safe.

FEMA came under intense criticism when it was revealed that a press conference on the October 2007 California wildfires was staged.

Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, California

Neighborhood in the eastern part of the city of Santa Clarita, in northwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States.

Neighborhood in the eastern part of the city of Santa Clarita, in northwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States.

Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, part of the larger George A. Caravalho Sports Complex

The Buckweed Fire in October 2007 burned nearly 38,000 acres throughout Canyon Country and Agua Dulce.

Escondido High School

One of three high schools in the Escondido Union High School District located in Escondido, California.

One of three high schools in the Escondido Union High School District located in Escondido, California.

During the California wildfires of October 2007, Escondido High School was an emergency shelter for evacuees, along with Mission Hills High School, Mission Hills Church, and Calvin Christian School.