Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Cal Fire issues mandatory evacuations in San Diego County due to fire

Cal Fire issues mandatory evacuations in San Diego County due to fire

The fire consumed 100 acres and was zero percent consumed.

A fast-moving brush fire burning in northern San Diego County on Thursday has scorched 2,500 acres, rapidly destroying several homes in its path. Gov. Officials ordered evacuations in the town and parents were asked to pick up their children from Visa Murrieta High School, which was in the vicinity of the fire.

Trainer Mike Machowsky, contacted via phone by the TDN late Thursday, said his assistant at San Luis Rey reported that the fire began on the nearby hillside and quickly reached some of the barns at the edge of the property. There were sustained winds of more than 20 miles per hour in Southern California on Thursday, which made controlling fires very hard for fire officials.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said officials found the body of a woman near the site of a auto crash within the Thomas Fire area, though her cause of death was unclear. Dubbed the Lilac Fire, the blaze erupted shortly after 11 a.m. amid gusty weather just west of Interstate 15 and north of Lilac Road in Pala Mesa near the Fallbrook area. Two firefighters battling the blaze have been hospitalized and were expected to recover.

CAL Fire said in a statement that the fire has destroyed two buildings and damaged 12.

San Diego County was quick to proclaim a state of local emergency due to the fire. "This is that worst-case scenario that we prepare for but hope doesn't happen".

High winds of more than 20 miles per hour have complicated the fight against out-of-control blazes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Smoke can be seen from as far away as San Marcos, prompting officials there to issue a statement to residents that the fire doesn't pose a threat to the city.

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