The Southern California wildfires of October 2007 affected lives and
businesses in seven Southern California counties: Los Angeles,
Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and
Ventura. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and President George W.
Bush each declared a state of emergency. The Labor Market
Information Division (LMID) gathered information from many sources
related to the economic impact of the wildfires. Twenty-three
separate named fires burned approximately 518,021 acres (809.4 square
miles), destroyed 2,180 residences, 922 outbuildings, but only five
commercial buildings. In short, the fires of 2007 swept through
people's homes and caused substantial residential and emotional
damage. The firefighters who bravely fought the fires of 2007
prevented even further economic loss by keeping the flames out of
commercial areas so people still had their jobs, even if they have to
cope with other economic disruptions.
To read the entire Labor Market Information Division's 2007 Fire Report.