SAN DIEGO – Evacuations have been ordered for parts of north San Diego County Thursday due to a wildfire which has razed more than 4,000 hectares (9,884 acres) and burnt down at least 20 structures, injuring at least three people.
The Santa Ana winds have caused the fire to spread rapidly in the area between highway 15 and state route 76.
Firefighters have advised that the fire, known as the “Lilac Fire,” was 0% contained on Thursday night.
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the county Ron Lane said that there is a population of almost 300,000 people living in the area between Vista, Oceanside and Fallbrook who were at risk.
California governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency in response to the fire.
Given the dry weather conditions and prevailing winds, which have exceeded 110 kilometers per hour (68 miles per hour), authorities have not ruled out other fires in the area, Jose Alvarez, spokesperson for San Diego County, southern California, told EFE.
Several evacuation centers have been set up, and dozens of school closures have been announced.
The San Diego fire is the latest among four others that have been raging near or around Los Angeles for days, where they have damaged more than 200 buildings, caused power outages and forced schools, universities and roads to be shut down.