SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The massive Lilac Fire continued to move through San Diego's North County Friday, leaving a path of destruction in its wake and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate for safety.
Injuries: At least six injuries reported -- Three citizens suffered non-life threatening burn injuries, while another was treated for smoke inhalation. Meanwhile, one firefighter suffered a dislocated shoulder but reset his arm and continued to work. Another firefighter was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
Damages: At least 85 structures destroyed, unknown amount damaged. Officials say at least 5,000 structures are being threatened.
Evacuation centers: Five centers open. Officials say about 20,000 people have been evacuated.
"The region is being tested in a big way," County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said. "The good thing is, we have more resources than ever before ... we're better prepared and have better cooperation than there's ever been in San Diego County."
Residents near the fire should not wait for a mandatory evacuation order or a knock on the door from law enforcement, Sheriff William D. Gore said. They should rely on common sense and leave their homes if they feel they are in danger, he said.