November 2008 California wildfires

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November 2008 California wildfires
November 2008 California wildfires
Smoke and highlighted burn areas imaged on November 16 by the Terra Earth observation satellite
Location Southern California
Cost Over $21.8 million (2008 USD)[1]
Date(s) November 13, 2008 – November 25, 2008
Total wildfires Around 2,151[2]
Burned area Over 43,445 acres (17,582 ha)
Ignition source Faulty catalytic converter, faulty power lines, 10 college arsonists; cause of the Sayre Fire is still under investigation
Injuries (non-fatal) At least 32[3]
Fatalities Possibly 1[4]

The November 2008 California wildfires were a series of around 2,151 wildfires that began burning across Southern California on November 13, with 4 of them becoming major wildfires. At least 400 houses and 500 mobile homes were destroyed. According to USA Today, these wildfires combined with the October 2007 California wildfires and the Summer 2008 California wildfires were the worst group of wildfires that California had experienced in two decades.[5]


The most significant fires were:


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told residents, "If you wait until the fire gets there you have waited too long, this fire can be on you in a moment's notice."[17] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Governor Schwarzenegger described the conditions contributing to the fires as a "perfect storm," including strong Santa Ana and sundowner winds, with gusts reaching 80 miles per hour (129 km/h), as well as high temperatures, low humidity and dry conditions.[18]

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  3. ^ "Several injured in California fire". Al Jazeera. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  4. ^ Chawkins, Steve; Sahagun, Louis; Weiss, Kenneth R. (2008-11-14). "Montecito fire consumes 111 homes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  5. ^ Dorell, Oren (2009-04-22). "Renewed drought conditions fan California's wildfire fears". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  6. ^ State of California
  7. ^ Brenoff, Ann. "Christopher Lloyd among the unlucky". LA Times. Retrieved 2008-11-15. [dead link]
  8. ^ "CA MTO Tea Fire Update 3000+ Acres". California Fire News. 
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  10. ^ a b Tami Abdollah and Howard Blume (2008-11-16). "Schwarzenegger calls for review after Sylmar tragedy as blazes rage on". Los Angeles Times. 
  11. ^ a b Orange County Fire Authority
  12. ^ State of California
  13. ^ Pirani, Niyaz; Townsend, Adam; Jolly, Vik (November 17, 2008). "Heat may hamper firefighters this afternoon". The Orange County Register. 
  14. ^ Freedom Blogging: Freedom Politics
  15. ^ FOX Los Angeles. FOX 11
  16. ^ "Freeway Complex Fire Burns 7,300 Acres; Tens of Thousands Evacuated". NBC Los Angeles. 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  17. ^ Gorman, steve (15 November 2008). "Los Angeles fears blackouts as wildfire burns". Reuters. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  18. ^ Comments of Govovernor Schwarzenegger in televised press conference at 9:50 PDT on November 16, 2008.