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On Wednesday late afternoon, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, declared a state of emergency for San Diego county. With Santa Ana winds and temperatures rising to almost 100 degrees, San Diego county had 9 wild fires breakout- 7 of them were within 5 hours of each other. During this time, 4 homes were lost, 1 condominium lost, 2 structures, over 100 schools canceled classes, California State University- San Marcos
canceled classes during finals and their commencement ceremony, Legoland evacuated and went without power, San Onofre nuclear power plant evacuated, and one of the military’s biggest bases, Camp Pendleton, had 2 fires breakout.
It all started Tuesday morning when the Bernardo fire broke out around noon. About 5,000 residents evacuated. Then Wednesday morning, the city of Carlsbad had a fire break out which evacuated nearly 23,000 residents and shut down power to Legoland amusement park. Aftter that, 2 seperate fires broke out on Camp Pendleton military base spreading 6,000 acres. Shortly after, 6 more fires broke in seperate areas including Oceanside, Bonsall, San Marcos, Deer Valley, and between El Cajon and Lakeside. No lives have been lost or injured during this time. All 9 fires are still active.
Uncle Spike said:
sending our best wishes for a safe outcome. Living in heavily forested fire zones ourselves, we are well aware of the risks too 😦
In a bit of good news, though, temperatures should be cooling off in the next couple days… that should help get the fires under control.
I hope you aren’t too close to any of them.
I was living in Serra Mesa 10 years ago when that huge fire in East County broke out and then spread up to the Scripps Ranch area… they closed the airport, and the whole city basically shut down for a week due to the poor air quality. The ash fell and covered everything like a layer of snow… Do you remember that?
I do remember that! I was living in Temecula at the time but my brother was down in Ocean Beach and he couldn’t leave at all. We are in Santee so we are safe but it sounds hopeful today and this weekend for getting these fires under control.
Yeah, much cooler today and the winds should die down a bit. Hopefully that should give the fighters enough of edge to get things contained a bit.
I had a friend that used to live in Santee. You are in the perfect place to escape to the mountains whenever you want!
Laurin Lindsey said:
I have been there when the whole back country is burning! It is scary and I am so sad to see big wildfires in May. Usually they are in September. Hope you and yours are safe. My Mom lives on the edge of Cowels Mountian Blvd right next to the nature preserve, need to call her!
We are in the same boat in Ensenada. Seventeen homes lost on the first day. The fire fighting crews are so under equipped. We’ve been under water rationing for months now. This is going to be a rough time.