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Update: Evacuation orders lifted for Del Dios and Mt. Israel

The Poinsettia Fire moving through Carlsbad. Photo by Jon Clark
The Poinsettia Fire moving through Carlsbad. Photo by Jon Clark

Updates:

-The Bernardo Fire, sparked earlier this week during

construction on a housing project near Rancho Bernardo, is now 95 percent contained, according to authorities.

The first wildfire to erupt in San Diego County this week blackened nearly 1,600 acres between Rancho Penasquitos and 

Rancho Santa Fe

, prompting

the evacuation of about 20,000 households.

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However, it did cause structural damage or serious injuries, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze began at 11 a.m. Tuesday off Nighthawk Lane in 4S Ranch amid hot, dry and gusty conditions and was pushed to the west and north by stiff Santa Ana winds.

Investigators determined that the Bernardo Fire began as a crew was excavating trenches to test soil at the work site near Del Norte High School.

After digging and then covering one of the troughs, they started moving

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to the next excavation location, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue

Department. They then noticed flames spreading rapidly through dry brush and

tried in vain to extinguish them before fleeing for their own safety, officials

said. — By City News Service

-The Cocos Fire is now 3,018 acres and 10 percent contained. Evacuations remain in place but the evacuation orders for Mt. Israel and Del Dios have been lifted. Fire crews are aggressively working in areas of concern, including the Harmony Grove area near the Rancho Santa Fe Fire District. While it came close yesterday, the fire has not crossed into the Rancho Santa Fe Fire District.

-Crews found a badly burned body while checking for hot spots in an area scorched by the 400-acre Poinsettia Fire, authorities reported. Firefighters discovered the body in the area of Ambrosia Lane and Calliandra Road in Carlsbad, a location known to have been used as an encampment by transients, according to city officials. The victim’s name and cause of death are unknown.

-As of 7 p.m. May 15, the evacuation order has been lifted on all areas associated with the Poinsettia Fire. Residents are allowed to re-enter the area and their homes.

-As of 7 p.m. May 15, Fallbrook residents are being allowed to return to their homes. The community is open for Fallbrook residents only.

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-As of 6:45 p.m. May 15, the 

Highway Fire

in Bonsall is 100 percent contained.

-As of 6:30 p.m. May 15, the 

Cocos Fire

in San Marcos is at 1,200 acres with 10 percent containment.

-As of 5 p.m. May 15, more than 2,600 firefighters are battling the wildfires in San Diego County.

-As of 4:20 p.m. May 15, the

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Cocos Fire

in San Marcos is at 1,200 acres with 5 percent containment.

-As of 4 p.m. May 15, official have issued 5,400 additional evacuation orders because of the Cocos Fire burning in the Harmony Grove and Del Dios areas.

-As of 4 p.m. May 15, Scripps Coastal Medical Center in Escondido has closed due to wildfires in the area.

-As of 3:50 p.m. May 15, the emergency room at Palomar Medical Center is no longer accepting patients. Patients are being directed to the downtown Palomar campus.

-(Updated 6:45 p.m. May 15) According to the San Diego County Office of Education, the following school districts will be closed Friday, May 16:

  • Bonsall Union
  • Cardiff
  • Carlsbad Unified
  • Del Mar Union
  • Encinitas
  • Escondido Union Elementary
  • Escondido Union High
  • Fallbrook Union Elementary
  • Fallbrook Union High
  • Oceanside Unified
  • Poway Unified
  • Ramona Unified
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Diego Unified School Districtwill be open Friday, May 16, with the exception of schools in theMira Mesa and Scripps Ranch neighborhoods.
  • San Dieguito Union High
  • San Marcos Unified
  • San Pasqual Union
  • Solana Beach
  • Vallecitos
  • Valley Center-Pauma Unified
  • Vista Unified

-As of 2:10 p.m. May 15, nearly 13,000 new evacuation notices went to residents of Harmony Grove and the west side of Escondido because of the Cocos Fire. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is issuing an evacuation order for the communities of Del Dios and Mt. Israel, according to the RSFFPD website. Reverse 911 calls will be going out shortly.
-As of 2 p.m. May 15, Rady Children’s Hospital has closed its medical facility and urgent care clinic at 625 W. Citracado Parkway in Escondido because of the nearby Cocos Fire. A spokesman said families with medical needs should go to the main hospital at 3020 Children’s Way.

-As of 1:30 p.m. May 15, the

Cocos Fire

in San Marcos is at 1,000 acres with 5 percent containment.

-The North County Transit District will stop service at the Cal State University San Marcos SPRINTER Station starting at 1 p.m. May 15. The campus is closed through Friday, May 16. The school’s commencement ceremonies scheduled for Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 have been rescheduled to Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25.

-As of noon May 15, the

Highway Fire

in Deer Springs is currently at 40 percent containment, the

Cocos Fire

in San Marcos is at 5 percent containment, the

River Fire

in Oceanside is at 30 percent containment, the

Freeway Fire

in Camp Pendleton is at 5 percent containment, the

Tomahawk Fire

is at 20 percent containment,the

Poinsettia Fire

in Carlsbad is at 60 percent containment and the

Bernardo Fire

is at 75 percent containment.

-Overnight, almost 350 evacuees stayed at three shelters, including a total of 100 people at two shelters in Carlsbad and 241 people at a shelter in San Marcos, according to the County of San Diego.

-According to census data, a total of 125,000 people reside in the areas contacted through Alert San Diego, the region’s mass notification system. The county’s emergency website, 

sdcountyemergency.com

, has had more than one million hits over the last three days.

-As of 8:30 a.m. May 15, there are 2,200 homes without power in San Diego County, mostly in the Carlsbad/La Costa area, as well as in Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook and San Marcos. Visit the SDG&E website for exact locations:

www.sdge.com/safety/outages/outage-map

.

-As of 8:30 a.m. May 15, the

Cocos Fire

in San Marcos is currently at 800 acres with 5 percent containment.

-As of 7:20 a.m. May 15, the 

Bernardo Fire

has burned nearly 1,600 acres and is 75 percent contained. Three minor injuries have been reported as a result of the fire but no structures were lost.

-As of 5:30 a.m. May 15, the 

Poinsettia Fire

in Carlsbad has burned 400 acres and is 60 percent contained. There is $22.5 million in damage from the fire, according to the initial structural damage assessment. Four single-family homes, an 18-unit apartment complex and two commercial structures in Carlsbad have been destroyed. Six other homes were damaged. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

-As of 2:50 a.m. May 15, the 

Cocos Fire

in San Marcos is currently at 700 acres with 0 percent containment. There are three confirmed structures destroyed and one damaged.

-As of 10:35 p.m. May 14, the 

Highway Fire

in Deer Springs is at 600 Acres with 5 percent containment.

-As of 9:30 p.m. May 14, the 

Bernardo Fire

, which is burning west of Black Mountain Ranch, has burned 1,548 acres and is 50 percent contained.

-As of 8:30 p.m. May 14, nine fires have burned 9,196 acres across the region:

  • Tomahawk Fire: 6,000 acres
  • Poinsettia Fire: 400 acres
  • Highway Fire: 600 acres
  • Bernardo Fire: 1,548 acres
  • Freeway/Pendleton Fire: 30 acres
  • San Marcos/Cocos Fire: 500 acres
  • River/Oceanside Fire: 100
  • Lakeside Fire: 17
  • Escondido Fire: 1 acre

-As of 8:15 p.m. May 14, Gov. Jerry Brown has proclaimed a State of Emergency in support of San Diego County’s wildfires.
-According to the San Diego County Office of Education, the following school districts will be closed Thursday, May 15:

  • Bonsall Union
  • Cajon Valley
  • Cardiff
  • Carlsbad Unified
  • Coronado Unified
  • Dehesa
  • Del Mar Union
  • Encinitas Union
  • Escondido Union Elementary
  • Escondido Union High
  • Fallbrook Union Elementary
  • Fallbrook Union High
  • Grossmont Union High
  • Lakeside Union
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley
  • Lemon Grove
  • Oceanside Unified
  • Poway Unified
  • Ramona Unified
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Diego Unified
  • San Dieguito Union High
  • San Marcos Unified
  • San Pasqual Union
  • Santee
  • Solana Beach
  • Vallecitos
  • Valley Center-Pauma Unified
  • Vista Unified

The Poinsettia Fire moving through Carlsbad. Photo by Jon Clark
The Poinsettia Fire moving through Carlsbad. Photo by Jon Clark

The Sheriff’s Department is currently assisting with several fires burning across San Diego County.

Right now (5:45 p.m., May 14), 120 Sheriff’s Deputies are working with fire crews and other law enforcement agencies. More deputies are expected to be called in throughout the night.

•The Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad, which is burning west of El Camino Real and South of Palomar Airport Road.

•The Camp Pendleton Fire, which is burning in the DeLuz area of Camp Pendleton moving west of Fallbrook.

•The Highway Fire, which is burning near Old Highway 395 and Interstate 15 in Bonsall. An evacuation center has been set up at Fallbrook High School located at 2400 South Stage Coach Lane. Large animals can be taken to Oceanside Ivy Ranch at 110 Rancho Del Oro in Oceanside, Cloverdale Ranch at 2460 Cloverdale Road in Escondido or Warner Ranch at 10950 Pala Road in Pala.

•The Bernardo Fire, which is burning west of Black Mountain Ranch. The fire is 50 percent contained.

•The San Marcos Fire, which is burning near Lake Hodges. Cal State San Marcos, as well as the communities of North San Elijo Hills, Discovery Hills, Discovery Meadows and Coronado Hills are in the process of being evacuated. Evacuation centers are being set up at Mission Hills High School at 1 Mission Hills Court and San Marcos Middle School at 650 West Mission Road.

The Sheriff’s Department is working with several agencies, including the Carlsbad Fire and Police Department, the CHP, Escondido Police and the Humane Society as they deal with these fires.

You can follow the Sheriff’s Department on Facebook, Twitter and Nixle for the latest updates on fires burning in our jurisdiction.

To receive text or e-mail alerts from Nixle, text your zip code to “888777.” Standard text messaging rates will apply.

For any non-emergency issues, call the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

For additional information on the fires, call 2-1-1 or visit the San Diego County Emergency Site at: www.sdcountyemergency.com.

You can also sign up your cell phone to get emergency alerts. To register, just go to www.readysandiego.org and click on the “Alert San Diego” icon.


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