updated 10/30/2003 7:46:01 AM ET 2003-10-30T12:46:01

Major California wildfires had spread across 722,000 acres by Thursday afternoon, killed 20 people and destroyed more than 2,600 homes:

CAMP PENDLETON, San Diego County: No deaths, 9,000 acres. Started Oct. 21 on the Marine base, cause under investigation. Contained.

CEDAR FIRE, San Diego County: 14 people dead, 272,318 acres burned, 1,483 homes and 316 outbuildings destroyed. Death toll includes one firefighter. Started Oct. 25, apparently by lost hunter setting a signal fire. Air traffic nationwide was disrupted when flames forced evacuation of a Federal Aviation Administration control center. 38 percent contained.

DULZURA FIRE, San Diego County: No deaths, 46,291 acres burned, one home, five outbuildings and 11 structures damaged. Started Oct. 26, cause under investigation. Contained. Briefly burned across border into Tijuana, Mexico.

GRAND PRIX FIRE, San Bernardino County: No deaths, 50 homes destroyed, 91,207 acres. Started Oct. 21, blamed on arson. 40 percent contained.

MOUNTAIN FIRE, Riverside County: No deaths, 21 homes destroyed, 9,742 acres. Started Oct. 26, cause under investigation. Contained.

OLD FIRE, San Bernardino County: 4 people killed, 850 homes, 10 commercial buildings destroyed, 49,880 acres. Started Oct. 25, blamed on arson. 10 percent contained.

PADUA FIRE, Los Angeles County: No deaths, 59 homes destroyed, 10,466 acres. Separated from Grand Prix fire in San Bernardino County. 90 percent contained.

PARADISE FIRE, San Diego County: 2 people killed, 49,800 acres, 117 homes and 116 outbuildings destroyed. Started Oct. 26, cause under investigation. 20 percent contained.

PIRU FIRE, Ventura County: No deaths, three homes, four outbuildings and one commercial property destroyed, 68,022 acres. Started Oct. 23, cause under investigation. 30 percent contained.

SIMI VALLEY, Ventura and Los Angeles counties: No deaths, 28 homes and 145 outbuildings destroyed, 106,950 acres. Started Oct. 25, cause under investigation. 40 percent contained.

VERDALE FIRE, Los Angeles County: No deaths, 8,680 acres. Started Oct. 24, blamed on arson. Contained.

Source: California Department of Forestry and local fire officials.

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