Cedar Fire in October 2003: Images

A look back at the Cedar Fire that sparked on Oct. 25, 2003 in San Diego.

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A sign for the 52 freeway lies among the hills charred by the Cedar Fire October 27, 2003 near Lakeside in San Diego, California.
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SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 27: Firecrews light a controlled fire in an attempt to counteract the Cedar Fire October 27, 2003 near Lakeside in San Diego, California.
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In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, drivers scramble to exit the freeway by driving up an embankment to the on-ramp against the flow of traffic in an effort to flee smoke and flames as the Cedar Fire crosses the I-15 freeway onto Marine Corps Air Station Miramar October 26, 2003.
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What started as a 20-acre fire in the East County ended up burning more than 280,000 acres and destroying 2800 buildings. Fifteen people died. One of the hardest hit communities was Scripps Ranch.
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A San Jose firefighter battles a portion of the Cedar Fire using a water spout from atop a firetruck October 27, 2003 near Lakeside.
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San Diego resident Kent Staab helps carry a water hose to firefighters as they try to extinguish a burning home October 26, 2003 in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, California.
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NBC 7 viewer Ric Sanchez remembers: We were out off-roading out by Elliots Mine and when we came back on highway 8 west we ran smack into the fire.
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A firefighter grabs a hose from his truck as he tries to extinguish a burning home October 26, 2003 in the Scripps Ranch area.
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George and Maria Little of Alpine find a place to rest with their dogs at the evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium October 27, 2003 in San Diego, California.
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Burned-out homes are shown October 27, 2003 in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, California.
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Kendra Lipka hugs her daughter Rachel, 5, after seeing their home in ruins October 29, 2003 in the Scripps Ranch area.
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A view from a Sea King helicopter assists in fire fighting efforts October 29, 2003 throughout the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, California.
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an Diego residents form a prayer circle in the parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium October 27, 2003 in San Diego, California. Evacuees from around San Diego County sought shelter at the stadium.
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The aftermath of the Cedar Fire, as seen in the Crest community in San Diego's East County.
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The aftermath of the Cedar Fire, as seen in the Crest community in San Diego's East County.
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The aftermath of the Cedar Fire, as seen in the Crest community in San Diego's East County.
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The aftermath of the Cedar Fire, as seen in the Crest community in San Diego's East County.
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Monica Garske
The aftermath of the Cedar Fire, as seen in the Crest community in San Diego's East County.
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