Cedar Fire survivor believes San Diego will have bigger fires in the future

Sandra Younger's new book examines Cedar Fire

SAN DIEGO - Friday is the 10th anniversary of the most devastating fire in California's history.

A survivor of that wildfire, Sandra Younger, examined that fire in a new book entitled, "The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California’s Epic Cedar Fire."

The Cedar Fire started on Oct. 25, 2003. It burned 280,000 acres, destroyed more than 2,200 homes and killed 15 people, including a firefighter.

Younger and her husband narrowly escaped as the fire line approached their Wildcat Canyon home.

"We felt pretty sure when we left that we would not see that house again," Younger told 10News reporter Joe Little.

She was right. Their two-story home was destroyed.

"The book began almost as soon as I made it out of the fire," she said. "I was a storyteller who came out of the worst part of the worst fire that anybody could remember."

Younger said it was tough reliving the Cedar Fire with hundreds of survivors, relatives of the deceased and emergency responders.

She examined what went wrong with late evacuations and equipment. Younger thinks huge improvements have been made, especially with communications.

However, she still fears the worst.

"I do not expect the Cedar Fire to remain the biggest wildfire in California history," she predicted.

Younger said San Diegans have become complacent and believe it will not happen again.

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