chapter  3
Fast Suburbs in the Southwest Borderlands
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In late October of 2007, the San Diego, California, metropolitan region was nearly wiped out by one of the most devastating urban fi res in modern U.S. history. Hot, dry “Santa Ana” winds, 1 combined with seasonal drought conditions across southern California, led to the outbreak of two mega-scale wildfi res. One fi re broke out in the suburban hills of northern San Diego County, the other at the southern edge of the county, near the town of Potrero, just north of the U.S.– Mexico border town of Tecate.