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Wildfires have long been a part of the natural and human-altered environments of southern California. Keeley et al. (1999, 2004) have stated that large landscape level fires occurred in the past and will likely persist as long as southern California continues to experience episodes of severe fire weather (hot, dry winds). Despite fire suppression efforts and management plans, large and small wildfires continue to occur from both natural ignition sources and those associated with increasing human population (Keeley et al. 2004). In October and November of 2003, wildfires swept across southern California, consuming over 300,000 hectares (ha) of wild lands. This area included over 153,000 ha of San Diego County...