Monday, 11 December, 2017

Lilac Fire destroys two structures, prompts evacuations

Lilac Fire State of emergency declared in San Diego as yet another CA inferno burns homes A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire a fast moving wildfire in Bonsall California US
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 04:47

A state of emergency was declared in San Diego County.

Just after 6 p.m. ET, an NBC San Diego reporter on site said those assisting in evacuation efforts at San Luis Rey "had panic in their voices" and were "begging for an extra facemask because they were overcome with the smoke". Cal Fire officials said 20 structures were destroyed and several remain threatened as the fire grows at a unsafe rate of speed.

"With these winds, you can't control much", Machowsky said. "These Santa Ana winds this time of year, they get into the brush and fires start nearly instantly".

A brush fire burning in San Diego County on Thursday afternoon, December 7, had burned two structures, damaged 12 others and prompted evacuations, Cal Fire said in a Twitter message.

"[The] immediate safety of the horses is the priority", Brackpool tweeted, responding to TVG's Simon Bray.

The evacuations include a mobile home park, a golf course country club and two schools.

It remained the extent of the injuries resulting from the Lilac Fire. Among the prominent trainers stabled at San Luis Rey are Richard Baltas, Peter Miller and Doug O'Neill.

Rothblum and O'Neill were traveling to San Luis Rey Downs from the Los Angeles area in late afternoon. "This is that worst-case scenario that we prepare for but hope doesn't happen". "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all". The highway is within a few hundred yards of the training center.

Del Mar has opened its racetrack stabling and fair grounds property to horses and other animals being transported away from the blaze.

At the time of publication, there were no confirmed fatalities, but San Diego's ABC News 10 reported that a worker was injured in his attempts to rescue a horse.