Southern California—500,000 acres burned
Homes were incinerated by the Witch Fire, near San Diego, California, on October 25, 2007. The Witch Fire, which charred a huge swath of California, stretched from Santa Barbara down to the U.S.-Mexico border. It killed 14 people, destroyed 1,300 homes, and cost $1.1 billion.
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