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San Diego 2007 Rice Fire


Last Updated: November 1, 2007 6:00 pm (FINAL)
Date/Time Started: October 22, 2007 4:16 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE / San Diego County Operational Area
County: San Diego
Location: Rice Canyon, Clearwater Rd. Fallbrook
Acres Burned: 9,472 acres (see map)
Structures Destroyed: 206 residential structures, 2 commerical properties and 40 outbuildings were destroyed.
Injuries: 5 injuries
Cause: Human
Cooperating Agencies: California Highway Patrol, Red Cross, Office of Emergency Services, United States Forest Service, Oceanside Fire Department, North Co. Fire Protection District, California Conservation Corps., Camp Pendleton Fire and Carlsbad Fire.
Total Fire Personnel: 264 personnel
Costs to date: $6.5 million
Major Incident Command Team: CAL FIRE San Diego Unit

Photo by Paul Gallaher/The Villiage News

Fallbrook residents evacuate westward via Ammunition Road, through Camp Pendleton

Photo by Paul Gallaher/The Villiage News

Cacti in the fire path across Interstate 15 near Fallbrook

Interagency State Burned Area Response (BAER) Report (2007, November 17)

View of Santa Margarita watrshed showing mosaic of low to high

severity burns

Interagency State Burned Area Response (BAER) Report (2007, November 17)

Houses at risk below steep drainage above North Stagecoach Road

and the Santa Maragrita River

Interagency State Burned Area Response (BAER) Report (2007, November 17)

Upper Stewart Canyon

Photo by Jason Stephenson

A wasteland of charred remains (October 29, 2007)

Photo by Jason Stephenson

Rice Fire aftermath (October 29, 2007)

Photo by Jason Stephenson

Rice Fire aftermath (October 29, 2007)

Photo by Brandon C. Saunders

The cruel irony of a fire hose on fire, off Live Oak Park Road in Fallbrook

Photo by Andrew Foulk/The Village News

Destruction at Valley Oaks mobile home park

Photo by Chris Heidenreich

Rice Fire devastation in Rancho Santa Fe

Photo by Charlie Neuman/San Diego Union-Tribune
A law enforcement vehicle patrols the devastated Valley Oaks mobile home park on Reche Rd.

in eastern Fallbrook that had most of its mobile homes burn in the fire (October 26, 2007)

Photo by Chris Heidenreich

Fire raced through this Rancho Santa Fe canyon, which is at least

a quarter of a mile wide

Photo by John Gastaldo/ San Diego Union-Tribune
Fire-burned statue at Valley Oaks mobile home park in Fallbrook (October 26, 2007)

Photo Credits:

Foulk. A. (2007). Selected photograph of Rice Fire. The Villiage News. Retrieved December 13, 2007 from http://www.palagems.com/fallbrook_fire.htm

Gallaher, P. (2007). Selected photographs of Rice Fire. The Villiage News. Retrieved December 13, 2007 from http://www.palagems.com/fallbrook_fire.htm

Gastaldo, J. (2007). Selected photograph of Rice Fire. Retrieved December 13, 2007 from SignOnSanDiego.com at http://signonsandiego.lamphost.net/northcounty/

Heidenreich, C. (2007). Selected photographs of Rice Fire. Retrieved December 13, 2007 from http://www.palagems.com/fallbrook_fire.htm

Interagency State Burned Area Response (BAER) Report. (2007, November 17). Selected photographs of Rice Fire.

Neuman, C. (2007). Selected photograph of Rice Fire. Retrieved December 13, 2007 from SignOnSanDiego.com at http://signonsandiego.lamphost.net/northcounty/

Saunders, B.C. (2007). Selected photograph of Rice Fire. Retrieved December 13, 2007 from http://www.palagems.com/fallbrook_fire.htm


Stephenson, J. (2007). Selected photographs of Rice Fire. Retrieved December 13, 2007 from http://www.palagems.com/fallbrook_fire.htm

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