The next couple of months can be the season for brutal firestorms in California. The famous Santa Ana winds pick up and can destroy hundreds of homes within minutes.
One of the worst brush fires in United States history occurred in Oakland, California in 1991. Over 3,000 homes and 25 people died in the out of control fire. At one point, fire officials thought the blaze would burn through downtown Oakland to the Bay. Damage was estimated at $1.5 billion.
This video gives a unbelievable sense of what it was like to flee for your lives as the fires suddenly roared out of control.