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Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego Wildfires

The Harris Fire burns down Mount Miguel in San Diego County on Oct. 23, 2007.

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Above: The Harris Fire burns down Mount Miguel in San Diego County on Oct. 23, 2007.

Remembering The Migrants Who Lost Their Lives In The 2007 San Diego Wildfires

GUEST:

Laura Castañeda, producer, "The Devil's Breath"

Transcript

On Oct. 21, 2007, a group of immigrants from Mexico made the dangerous trek across the border into the U.S. By the time they reached Tecate Peak in east San Diego County, the Harris fire was raging.

The migrants were lost, trapped and injured. Eventually, help arrived. But it was too late for one of the men in the group.

Among the 10 people killed in the Witch Creek and Harris fires were seven immigrants who were in the country illegally according to documentary filmmaker, Laura Castañeda. More than a dozen migrants were treated for injuries at UC San Diego Medical Center’s burn unit.

Castañeda, a professor in the Radio and Television Department at San Diego City College and producer of the 2008 documentary, “The Devil’s Breath,” discussed what she calls the “forgotten” victims of the 2007 wildfires.

Reported by Katie Schoolov

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