The Fire Outside My Window

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


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The Cedar Fire--the largest wildfire in California's recorded history--ravaged the San Diego area in late 2003, burning 280,000 acres, destroying more than 2,200 homes, and killing 15 people. Leaving her doomed home the night of the catastrophe with her husband, two Newfoundland dogs, and a cockatiel, Sandra Millers Younger drove through flames and was saved by a bobcat that showed her the road she couldn't find in dense smoke. In this revealing narrative, she takes readers into the heart of an epic firefight, telling the stories of firefighters scrambling to combat a catastrophe bigger than they'd ever imagined, and recounting both survivors' and victims' desperate efforts to escape flames moving faster than fire engines can drive. The Fire Outside My Window is a riveting and nuanced tale that captures the intensity of a runaway wildfire, honors those lost to its fury, celebrates the human spirit's innate capacity to triumph over adversity, and offers cautions and advice to anyone living in fire country.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 20mm | 359.99g
  • Globe Pequot Press
  • Old SaybrookUnited States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0762791802
  • 9780762791804
  • 1,411,622

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About Sandra Millers Younger

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

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