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The state of California has decided to act on the recommendations of a Blue Ribbon Commission established Nov. 2, 2003, to review efforts to fight the 2003 wildfires and provide guidelines to prevent destruction from future fires. The Southern California fire siege that began on Oct. 21and continued though Nov. 7, 2003, was the most devastating fire event in the state’s history. Five counties were involved in the federal disaster declaration, 739,597 acres burned, 24 people died, and damages exceeded $4 billion.


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