Lilac Fire: Brush fire rages in San Diego's North County

Evacuations ordered as fire moves into Oceanside

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS LIFTED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS (NOW EVACUATION WARNINGS):

  • West of Wilshire to North River Road
  • South of North River Road from Wilshire to Holly Lane.
  • South of Holly lane from North River Road to Mission Rd.
  • South of Little Gopher Canyon Road to Sagewood Road.
  • South of Dentro De Lomas at Nors Ranch Road.
  • Via Maria Elena South of Camino Del Rey.
  • Camino Del Rey South of Bobritt Lane.
  • Aquaduct Road South of Via Ulner Way.
  • North of Tumbleweed Lane between Sleeping Indian Road and Olive Hill
    Road.
  • South Mission north of Hellers Bend. Sunset Grove Road north of Via
    Encinos.
  • Alta Vista Drive north of Palomar Drive. Linda Vista Drive north of La
    Canada Road.
  • Knottwood Way north of Flowerwood Lane.
  • Gird Road north of Mary Lewis Drive.
  • Sage Road north of Brodea Lane.

Cal Fire reminded residents to be wary of possible damages to their area. Road closures will still be in place in some areas and residents need to drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel.

Electrical wires on the ground should be reported to SDG&E immediately. Trees and poles with deep charring, or still smoking, should be considered hazardous.

Homeowners should evaluate damage as they enter their property. Hazards can include asbestos, heavy metals, by-products of plastic combustion and various other chemicals.


USEFUL INFORMATION:

Going home after an evacuation

Recovery assistance for fire victims

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.

The fire erupted Thursday just before 11:30 a.m. off Interstate 15, near Lilac Road, in the Bonsall area. Thanks to strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity, the fire quickly grew to 50 acres and began to spread out of control. Nearly two hours after it started, the Lilac Fire was up to 500 acres burned.

However, Cal Fire Capt. Lucas Spellman told 10News on Friday morning that as the efforts turned offensive, "people should feel positive and optimistic."

INTERACTIVE LILAC FIRE MAP

WHAT WE KNOW, 6:13 P.M. FRIDAY 

Acres & containment: 4,100 acres, 0% contained.

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.

Power outages: Officials say nearly 20,000 customers are without power as of 10:30 a.m. For more information, click here for SDG&E's Outage Map.

Personnel: Over 800 firefighters from Cal Fire, Vista Fire, Oceanside Fire, North County Fire; 150 law enforcement officers assisting with evacuations and security.

Equipment: 100 fire engines, 15 helicopters, 7 air tankers; 2 Navy helicopters and 2 Marine helicopters expected to assist on Friday

PHOTOS: Lilac Fire strikes in North County

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

  • W. Lilac Rd. & Sullivan Middle School
  • South of Burma Rd., East of Wilshire, North of N. River Rd., West of S. Mission Ave
  • South of Renche Rd., West of I-15 freeway, East of Green Canyon Rd. & S. Mission Rd., North of SR-76

OCEANSIDE:

  • North of Bobier Drive, east of Melrose Drive, north of North Santa Fe Avenue, and east of College Boulevard
  • South of North River Road, north of Bobier Drive, East of Melrose Drive and North Santa Fe Avenue, and West of East Vista Way
  • Areas east of Douglas Drive and North of North River Road
  • East of Douglas Drive, and south of the Camp Pendleton fence line

EVACUATION WARNINGS

  • West of Wilshire to North River Road.
  • South of North River Road from Wilshire to Holly Lane.
  • South of Holly lane from North River Road to Mission Rd.
  • South of Little Gopher Canyon Road to Sagewood Road.
  • South of Dentro De Lomas at Nors Ranch Road.
  • Via Maria Elena South of Camino Del Rey.
  • Camino Del Rey South of Bobritt Lane.
  • Aquaduct Road South of Via Ulner Way.
  • North of Tumbleweed Lane between Sleeping Indian Road and Olive Hill
    Road.
  • South Mission north of Hellers Bend. Sunset Grove Road north of Via
    Encinos.
  • Alta Vista Drive north of Palomar Drive. Linda Vista Drive north of La
    Canada Road.
  • Knottwood Way north of Flowerwood Lane.
  • Gird Road north of Mary Lewis Drive.
  • Sage Road north of Brodea Lane.

COUNTY SCHOOL CLOSURES

At least 900 people in shelters as of 10 a.m. Friday; about 850 horses at Del Mar Fairgrounds, officials said.

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Kearny Villa Rd. between Aero Drive and Balboa Ave. will be closed until Saturday night for San Diego Fire Dept. staging for wildfires
  • Expect closures in the fire perimeter zone. CHP officers and Sheriff's deputies are handling.
  • Current traffic conditions map

SAN DIEGO AIR QUALITY LEVELS

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation for San Diego County due to the Lilac Fire. The declaration frees San Diego up to use state and federal resources to battle the blaze.

Officials said President Trump approved the state's emergency declaration to help in the Southern California wildfire relief effort.

RELATED: Lilac Fire resources to know

"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.

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The cause of the blaze -- which broke out amid a Red Flag warning slated to expire Sunday night -- was not immediately clear.

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