Colleges, schools cancel classes as Lilac Fire grows in North County

Fast-Spreading Wildfire Forces Evacuations in San Diego County

Fast-Spreading Wildfire Forces Evacuations in San Diego County

Cal State San Marcos has canceled classes for the rest of Thursday and Friday in consideration of employees and students affected by the Lilac Fire in northern San Diego County.

Firefighters were dealing mainly with the Thomas Fire, the largest of the four, which started on Monday at 50 acres and swelled to 96,000 acres as of 10 a.m. Thursday.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department is handling the evacuation. "We turned a lot loose on the infield of the training track in hope".

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.

According to the facility's website, San Luis Rey is the only training track continuously approved by the California Horse Racing Board dating back to 1984 - meaning horses can ship from there and race the same day.

The fire dubbed Lilac Fire in San Diego County comes as residents in other parts of Southern California were surprised with destructive wildfires this week. 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. There have been massive fires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in the last 48 hours that have burned more than 120,000 acres and are not under control. As of 2:35 p.m., it was 1,000 acres in size with zero containment. The highway is within a few hundred yards of the training center.

In a message posted on the Del Mar Racetrack Twitter page Thursday afternoon prior to the fire at San Luis Rey, the track encouraged evacuees to bring bedding, feed and horse identification to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

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