Wildfires are uncontrolled blazes fueled by weather, wind, and dry underbrush. In just a few minutes, wildfires can burn acres of land and consume everything in their path. Heat, drought, and frequent thunderstorms create perfect conditions for Southern California wildfires and are made worse by the hot, dry Santa Ana winds which can carry a spark for miles. Here are a few quick facts to consider:
* A total of 23 fires burned from Oct 20 to Nov 9, 2007.
* 10 Confirmed fire-related fatalities
* 139 injured
* 517,267 acres burned
* 3,204 structures destroyed (2,233 Homes, 5 businesses, 966 outbuildings)
* The fires resulted in the largest evacuation) in California history.
* There was high of more than 321,500 mandatory evacuees.