Wildfires burn more than 9,000 acres in county

SAN DIEGO — Nine separate wildfires, most of which are still burning out of control, have blackened about 9,500 acres since Tuesday, officials said.

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A house stands on a hillside in San Marcos California, on a hillside almost totally charred by a wildfire May 14; 2014; in San Marcos; California. (Photo by Bill Wechter/Getty Images)

The fires include:

  1. Bernardo Fire, which has burned 1,548 acres in the Black Mountain area since Tuesday;
  2. Tomahawk Fire, which has burned 6,000 acres on Camp Pendleton since Wednesday;
  3. Poinsettia Fire, which has burned 400 acres in Carlsbad since Wednesday;
  4. Freeway Fire, which burned 30 acres on both sides of Interstate 5 near San Onofre on Wednesday;
  5. Highway Fire, which has burned 600 acres off Interstate 15 near Highway 76 since Wednesday;
  6. River Fire, which burned 100 acres in Oceanside since Wednesday;
  7. Cocos Fire, which has burned 800 acres in the San Marco area since Wednesday;
  8. Lakeside Fire, which burned 17 acres on Wednesday;
  9. and a one-acre fire in Escondido on Wednesday.

Thursday morning, the Cocos Fire was the most active fire and presented the greatest danger to residences. The fire was raging out of control on steep, chaparral-covered hillsides and threatened homes in San Marco, Olivenhain, Elfin Forest, Harmony Grove and Questhaven.

The most destructive fire was the Pointsettia Fire in Carlsbad. It destroyed an 18-unit apartment building, four homes and two commercial buildings. Six homes and two vehicles were damaged. Firefighters prevented it from growing overnight Wednesday, and it was 60-percent contained on Thursday morning.

The biggest fire, by far is the Tomahawk Fire, which began on the Naval Weapons Station in the northeastern section of Camp Pendleton. It is not threatening structures and is being fought by military firefighters with the aid of Marine helicopters.

The first of the fires, the Bernardo Fire,  burned nearly 1,600 acres Tuesday in 4S Ranch, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe and the Black Mountain area. Firefighters kept the fire from damaging any homes. It as 75-percent contained Thursday morning.

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