San Diego County residents report smelling smoke from Mexico, Wildomar fires

Posted at 2:23 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 02:10:08-04


SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Thursday, large amounts of smoke filled San Diego County as several fires burned throughout the state and Mexico. 

Authorities report that a fire in Wildomar has scorched at least 350 acres as residents in North County reported smelling smoke. At least 20 engines have been requested on the scene and aerial tankers could be seen making water and fire retardant drops.

Evacuations were put into place for the Wildomar community along Hixon Truck Trail. An evacuation warning was also issued for the Lakeland Village Community west of Grand Avenue. 

Watch a Facebook Live from the fire below: 

A second fire also burned just south of Tijuana Thursday, filling South County with the smell of smoke.

Cal Fire San Diego reports that, as of Thursday afternoon, there are no wildfires burning in San Diego County.

The National Weather Service Thursday explained why the smoke shifted into San Diego County. The NWS says the smoke moved over the ocean during an offshore wind pattern. The wind then shifted to an onshore pattern, bringing the smoke into San Diego County.

The haze is expected to stick around for the remainder of the day, according to the National Weather Service.

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) issued a smoke advisory for the county due to the fire. Air quality could reach "unhealthful levels in some smoke impacted areas," according to APCD.

APCD recommends anyone who smells smoke to limit physical activity and, if possible, stay indoors.