Lilac Fire now fully contained in San Diego's North County

Lilac Fire now fully contained in San Diego's North County
Posted at 6:23 AM, Dec 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-16 09:32:30-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - More than a week after it broke out in the Bonsall area, the Lilac Fire is now 100 percent contained.

Cal Fire San Diego said the 4,100-acre fire was fully contained as of Saturday morning. The blaze erupted on Dec. 7 just off Interstate 15 and State Route 76. Santa Ana wind conditions fanned the flames westward, charring more than 4,000 acres by late that night.


The blaze destroyed 157 structures and damaged 64 others, forcing thousands to evacuate in the North County.

At least six injuries were reported. Three civilians suffered non-life threatening burn injuries and another was treated for smoke inhalation.

One firefighter suffered a dislocated shoulder but reset his arm and jumped back into battling the fire. A second firefighter was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

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More than 700 total fire personnel were battling the fire at one time, including more than 60 fire engines and three helicopters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Henry Herrera told City News Service many of the Cal Fire crews that battled the Lilac Fire will now be sent to Ventura County to help fight the Thomas Fire, which broke out last Monday and has scorched more than 250,000 acres.