Driver captures first moments of Lilac Fire in North County

Posted at 9:34 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 00:36:24-05

A driver captured the first moments of the Lilac Fire that broke out in the northern portion of San Diego County Thursday. 

The video shows smoke filling the air as fire crews struggled to battle the massive flames. 

RELATED: Video shows the destructive force of the Lilac Fire

The Lilac Fire quickly erupted from half an acre to more than 500 acres and, as of Friday night, had consumed at least 4,100 acres. 

A bit of relief came Friday as strong Santa Ana winds calmed down for the day, allowing firefighters to get the Lilac Fire 15 percent contained. 

INTERACTIVE MAP: Lilac Fire rips through North San Diego County