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Wildfire Destroys Dozens of Homes in Carlsbad, Calif.

Posted by feww on May 15, 2014


Conditions in northern San Diego County are ‘very dangerous’ —Cal Fire

Poinsettia fire, a new wildfire in San Diego County, has destroyed at least 30 homes and forced the fire and emergency officials to issue evacuation orders for more than 15,000 residences.

“It’s just unfortunately a recipe for a large fire and that’s what we’re seeing right now,” said a Cal Fire Capt., describing the Poinsettia fire to reporters.

The Poinsettia fire was a “very dynamic situation. Very dangerous situation.”

“It’s right in the middle of the city,” said another fire official, describing the 100 acre fire.

“The Santa Ana winds are expected to continue through this evening and the high temperatures and strong, gusty winds are expected to elevate danger even higher than it has been,” he said.

At least 10 other fires including blazes in Fallbrook, Camp Pendleton and Rancho Bernardo, have prompted additional evacuations.

The so-called Tomahawk Fire, which broke out on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base north of San Diego, quickly spread consuming more than 700 acres by Wednesday afternoon, and prompting evacuation of military housing and a naval weapons station, according to reports.

The Twin Oaks fire, another new wildfire in the County, forced the evacuation of Cal State San Marcos, forcing thousands of students who were in the middle of administering spring finals to evacuate the campus, LA Times reported.

Evacuations were also in effect for wildfires in Bonsall, Oceanside and Escondido Wednesday afternoon, while more blazes raged in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Fallbrook fire northern SDC
Fallbrook Fire in northern San Diego County. A screenshot from a local news video clip.

The Bernardo Fire

Meanwhile, the Bernardo Fire had consumed about 1,600 acres by Wednesday afternoon.

Southern California Edison evacuated 13 employees from the largely shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Power Station some 30km north of Carlsbad as a precaution, Reuters reported.

“Strong Santa Ana winds will continue to impact the mountains, valleys, and coasts today,” warned National Weather Service (NWS) in San Diego. “Strongest gusts will occur along the coastal slopes. The hot, dry and windy conditions will bring a very high risk of rapid wildfire spread today.”

NWS has issued Red Flag Warnings for multiple counties in southwestern and central California.

Other Destructive Fires Reported in SoCal

  • Wildfire in the Feather Falls area brought down power lines.
  • A 30-acre blaze near I-15 in the Deer Springs area (San Diego County).

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