4100-Acre Lilac Fire in San Diego County Now 20% Contained

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History

"When Santa Ana winds come in, there's no stopping them", Capt. Bortisser said.

A fire broke out in San Diego County Thursday along Interstate 15 and State Route 76.

The flames moved quickly after the fire broke out, growing to 50 acres as ground and airborne crews labored to keep the blaze from becoming an out- of- control conflagration like others raging this week across Southern California.

Fire engines are ready to go at Old Highway 395 and SR 76 Friday morning, December 8.

Temporary shelters have been set up at Fallbrook High School, Pala Casino, East Valley Community Center in Escondido and Stagecoach Community Park in Carlsbad. All classes and campus events in the Palomar Community College District were canceled.

In San Diego, approximately 600 people checked into evacuation centers as homes and buildings were destroyed by the flames.

Amy Harbert of the county's Office of Emergency Services said shelter information is available at sdcountyemergency.com and that the county will set up an emergency assistance center in Vista.

Horses that survived the Lilac fire in their stalls are loaded onto a trailer early Friday morning. "Information on recovery can be found at sdcountyrecovery.com".

"We expect that they will be out for several days so we're asking that they be prepared with flashlights, batteries, and a radio so they can stay informed", Gao said.

CAL FIRE and Cal OES damage assessment teams have begun their inspections. "We anticipate this to happen today as long as it is safe for the assessments to be made".

The fire exceeded 6 square miles, or 3,840 acres, in a matter of hours and tore through the tightly packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook, known for its avocado orchards and horse ranches.

"The law enforcement personnel are primarily working on road closures and providing security in neighborhoods that have been evacuated so there are no issues with property being looted or any criminal activity". At the peak of the disaster, about 20,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes, but many were allowed to return Thursday night.

Gore asked for people to be patient.

"She saw nothing but smoke and flames all around", Peratt said. "Everybody wants to get back to their home".

"It's really awful to see some of these little streets look like a moonscape", he told a friend whose home was reduced to black rubble.

The hot spots are located using infrared and spectroradiometer images. There's a whole list of things that can cause you great harm. "Again, public safety is our No. 1 concern". "However, offshore flow will prevail through next week and continue very low humidity and occasional local gusty winds, though current indications are that we will have elevated versus critical fire weather conditions most of the week".

Donald Trump approved California's request for an emergency declaration on Friday, speeding federal help to firefighters and communities who are battling multiple blazes with fleets of aircraft, fire engines and garden hoses.

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