UPDATE: All evacuations were lifted Sunday afternoon, Cal Fire said. Two areas are open but restricted for residents with identification: Rancho Monserate Country Club and the area between 5200 and 5800 Olive Hill Rd. in Fallbrook.
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The Lilac Fire has ravaged San Diego's North County, prompting thousands of evacuations and leaving scorched destruction in its path.
The blaze began just before 11:30 a.m. off Interstate 15 and State Route 76 in the Bonsall area on Thursday. What started as a 10-acre brush fire exploded into a blaze that spread hundreds of acres within a couple of hours, soon engulfing homes.
Acres & containment: 4,100 acres, 75% contained as of 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Firefighters expect full containment by Dec. 21.
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: 151 structures destroyed, 56 damaged. Officials say at least 1,500 structures are still being threatened.
Evacuation centers: The center at Palomar College remains open for victims of the Lilac Fire. However, the center at Bostonia Park & Recreation Center will be closed as of Dec. 11.
"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.