San Diego County officials held a press conference Friday morning offering help, advice and warnings to victims of the Lilac Fire, which has burned 4,100 acres and displaced thousands of residents of Fallbrook, Bonsall and surrounding North County communities.
Meanwhile, firefighters northwest of Los Angeles gained some control over the largest and most destructive fire in the state, which destroyed 476 homes and buildings. On Dec. 7, horses also had to be evacuated from in Ventura County as the Thomas fire approached.
The San Diego-area fire quickly grew to more than 6 square miles and burned dozens of homes at Rancho Monserate Country Club.
The devastating wildfires that had been largely confined to the Los Angeles area exploded into San Diego County Thursday.
A shelter at the Stagecoach Community Park filled to capacity Thursday night and evacuees were asked to go instead to the East Valley Community Center.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the area of West Lilac Road and Sullivan Middle School.
Winds driving an uncontained wildfire in northern San Diego County subsided substantially overnight but forecasters say they will return after sunrise Friday. I thought she was going to get crushed.
More than 1,000 firefighters and other personnel were working the fire, aided by 15 helicopters, including some military aircraft, Cal Fire spokesman Kendal Bortisser said. It necessitated the evacuation of hundreds of horses stabled at the facility. Most of those cut-offs happened this morning, the utility said in an online post.
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At least six injuries were reported Thursday, including a firefighter who dislocated a shoulder and one who was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation. "It's possible we could be dealing with the Lilac fires and the high winds for some time to come", Jacob said. "As we know, when a tornado hits the Midwest, there's no stopping it".
After returning home, Dick Marsala climbed among the charred remains in search of his wallet, but the debris was still too hot and he climbed back out. At one home, a goose and a rooster remained, the latter crowing repeatedly on Friday.
Joseph Ruffner had left earlier in the week but returned and said he was staying put this time.
Another roughly 1,500 structures are still threatened. "I didn't think it was no big deal, but it's coming back to burn what it didn't burn yesterday".
Along the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara, tiny communities had so far survived close calls.
Late Thursday, officials said almost 500 homes and buildings have been destroyed or damaged there, more than triple the number from the day before. Significant resources also were being deployed to stamp out a new, small fire that began to the east in the Cleveland National Forest near the mountain town of Alpine.
As the flames approached the elite San Luis Rey Downs training facility for thoroughbreds, numerous more than 450 horses were cut loose to prevent them from being trapped in their stables, said Mac McBride of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.