Prior to July 2006, the last big fire we had in the Inland Empire was the Grand Prix fire in October of 2003. Although I have lived in the foothills (Monrovia, Azusa, Upland, and Rancho Cucamonga) all my life - and never any further from the mountains than 1/4-mile, never had a brush fire affected my family the way the Grand-Prix fire did.
The city of Rancho Cucamonga, California
We need to go back a year to see how the floods of 1968 were enhanced by events. In December of 1968, we experienced a major freeze and snowfall. It was 25 degrees over a period of about two weeks previous to Christmas. Temps in the Mountains were down into the low teens and Mt Baldy even reported -10 degrees several nights.