The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California's Epic Cedar Fire

The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California's Epic Cedar Fire

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by Sandra Millers Younger
     
 

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The Fire Outside My Window reveals the story of the Cedar Fire, the largest fire in California's recorded history, which ravaged the San Diego area in late 2003, burning nearly 280,000 acres, destroying more than 2,200 homes and hundreds of other buildings, and killing 15 people. Leaving her doomed home the night of the catastrophe, the author, Sandra Millers

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The Fire Outside My Window reveals the story of the Cedar Fire, the largest fire in California's recorded history, which ravaged the San Diego area in late 2003, burning nearly 280,000 acres, destroying more than 2,200 homes and hundreds of other buildings, and killing 15 people. Leaving her doomed home the night of the catastrophe, the author, Sandra Millers Younger, drove through flames and, along with her husband, was saved by a bobcat that showed her the road she couldn't see through dense smoke. With this revealing narrative, she takes readers into the heart of an epic firefight, telling the stories of fire managers and air tanker pilots trying to combat a catastrophe bigger than they had ever imagined, and recounting both survivors' and victims' desperate efforts to escape flames moving faster than fire engines could drive. And she tells the story of the hapless hunter who got lost in the backcountry, with little water and no cell phone or GPS device, and started a signal fire that caused the calamity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762791804
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
611,242
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Millers Younger is an award-winning magazine journalist whose writing credits range from academic journals to Seventeen. She holds journalism degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Syracuse University, and lives near San Diego in Wildcat Canyon, the area worst hit by the Cedar Fire. Visit her online at sandramillersyounger.com.

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The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California's Epic Cedar Fire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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MistyWilliams More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, I could hardly put it down. Has 8 pages of colour photo plates with 2 or 3 photos per page. I wish there were more photos but these photos are not too few in quantity and are fabulous, as they are in colour as opposed to black and white. This is not just the horrifying and riveting story of Sandra Millers Younger's close-up experience (with her husband, two dogs and a bird) with the Cedars Fire, she also includes narrative about other survivors, the firefighters, and another large fire that sprang up nearby. Well written and factual, it is (as the other reviewer says) heart-stopping. There is also a map in the front of the book, in black/white, which really helps in locating the places in the story, and I referred to it often. I wish the map was bigger, or was in two pages, however because there are locations relevant to the book that the map was not big enough to show. She also presents a balanced viewpoint regarding the person that set the fire, and a poignant and emotional tribute to those that died. I live in an area in Eastern Ontario where there are almost no wildfires and none of the size of the fires in California. This book was a real eye-opener as to what a real wildfire is like. I highly recommend this book, you are not wasting your money! Excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific book, exciting and well-researched. Sandra Millers Younger tells the story of the huge Cedar Fire that destroyed much of San Diego County 10 years ago. It's a wild ride, from her heart-stopping and miraculous escape to her in-depth accounting of the fire fighters and their physical and bureaucratic challenges while fighting this horrific fire. In all, over 2000 homes were destroyed and 17 people died, including 12 of her neighbors. Ms Younger also tells other survivors' stories and the story of the hapless hunter who started a signal fire because he was lost. I highly recommend this book. -- Vivian