Oct. 26–Oct. 28, 2003


•Total Acres: 45,971

•Estimated Suppression Cost: $350,000

•Firefighters Assigned at Peak : 138

•Residences Destroyed: 1

•Other Structures Destroyed: 5

•Lives Lost: 0

•Communities Evacuated: None

•Cause: Under Investigation

•Fuel Type: Medium to heavy brush


The Otay Fire started during the Santa Ana wind event. The initial attack CDF incident commander recognized the value of an existing BLM International fuel break and used a major burnout strategy to successfully suppress the fire with very limited resources. The fire was successfully contained and major resource releases were completed by October 28.

Source: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (2004). California fire siege 2003: The story. Retrieved January 18, 2005 from http://www.fire.ca.gov/php/fire_er_2003siege-video.php