Shelters opened for fire and power evacuees in San Diego County

UPDATE: The Palomar College on Mission Road shelter in San Maros remains open. The Bostonia Park & Recreation Center will no longer be used as a shelter beginning Dec. 11. 


In response to the Lilac Fire and safety-related power outages throughout San Diego County, the American Red Cross and San Diego County officials opened emergency shelters Thursday.


  • East Valley Community Center, 2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido (moved to Palomar College)
  • Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de Los Coches, Carlsbad (full)
  • [For residents affected by planned outages] Bostonia Park & Recreation Center, 1049 Bostonia Street, El Cajon
  • Oceanside High School, 1 Pirates Cove Way, Oceanside (moved to Palomar College)
  • [For residents affected by Lilac Fire and planned outages] Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos

Red Cross officials consolidated shelter efforts to Palomar College Saturday afternoon. They say they have met needs at shelters and are asking for monetary donations in lieu of material supplies. They will update if in-kind donations are needed once again.

Anyone interested in donating money can call 1-800-Red-Cross or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Anyone interested in volunteering through Red Cross can sign up here.

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Lyft is offering a free ride up to $50 using the code "KEEPSDSAFE" until Dec. 12. Pickup and drop off must be to any of the above locations or Pala Casino or Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Two Temecula locations are included -- Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, and Great Oak High School, 32555 Deer Hollow Way.

Uber users can use the code "SOCALSAFE" to shelter locations in Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, El Cajon, and Murrieta Mesa High School - for those affected by the Liberty Fire, according to City News Service.


The San Diego Humane Society is offering animal assistance. Anyone who needs help can call 619-243-3466 or, to reach the County Department of Animal Services, call 619-236-2341.

Facebook activated a 'check in safe' alert Thursday night for those in the Lilac Fire zone.

YMCA facilities in San Diego County are open, with the exception of the Mottino Family YMCA in Oceanside. Parents can get two free hours of childcare while they are exercising.

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On Thursday, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa and Hard Rock Hotel San Diego offered fire evacuees a room rate of $119. Tuscany Hill Retreat also offered discounted rates Thursday night, at a rate of $99. 

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