Live Blog: Lilac Fire blackens 4,100 acres, destroys 65 structures

[Click here for Day 2 updates on the Lilac Fire]

BONSALL, Calif.  – A fast-moving brush fire destroyed buildings as it burned out of control south of Fallbrook, near Bonsall along Interstate 15 near state Route 76.

The fire, dubbed the "Lilac Fire," started around 11:15 a.m. Thursday and thick smoke was seen for miles. The fire had blackened 4,100 acres by 8 p.m., Cal Fire reported.

At least 65 structures had been destroyed by fire by Friday morning.  Several thousand other buildings are being menaced by the fire.

Four residents sustained burn injuries as they were evacuating their home, Cal Fire said. They were being treated at local hospitals, but their conditions were not immediately known. Two firefighters had been injured. One suffered smoke inhalation and the other sustained a dislocated shoulder.

Colleges, schools cancel classes as Lilac Fire grows in North County

The fire was still spreading uncontrolled through the communities of Bonsall, Fallbrook and Vista, and it was being pushed towards Oceanside and Camp Pendleton by fierce Santa Ana winds, authorities said.

About 500 firefighters from multiple local agencies were battling the blaze, Cal Fire said. Two helicopters continued making water drops after dark, and the Navy has agreed to mobilize military helicopter crews to fight the fire on Friday.

Evacuation orders and warnings

California Highway Patrol officers blocked some traffic along I-15, Old Highway 395 and SR-76.

North County Fire Protection District, Cal Fire and other firefighters from around San Diego County were battling the blaze, using several helicopters, bulldozers and air tankers.

Wind gusts were blowing in a northeast direction were as strong as 51 mph on SR-76 in Pala Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

PHOTOS: Smoke from Lilac Fire seen across San Diego County

The fire has prompted mandatory evacuations west of I-15 and near Old Highway 395, according to North County Fire Protection District spokesman John Buchanan. (Scroll down to see latest details in the live blog.)

Dozens of structures were destroyed and 1,000 buildings are threatened, according to Cal Fire.

San Diego County officials are encouraging evacuated people with livestock to take animals to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Anyone needing assistance with evacuations should call the County Animal Services at 619- 236-2341.

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Pala Casino is an evacation center 

11154 SR-76, Pala, CA 92059

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Video of the Lilac Fire uploaded to Instagram from SirWilliams68.

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Fire burning off I-15 near Bonsal

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A view of the fire looking south on I-15 from a Caltrans camera.

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Bonsal High School is now being evacuated. Sullivan Middle School began evacuations earlier. Students at both schools have been taken to East Valley Community Center.

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The fire is being spread by wind gusts up to 30 mph. The wind is expected to diminish somewhat as the afternoon progresses, but humidity is very low.

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Our crew has arrived at Sullivan Middle School. Smoke is everywhere. Fortunately, students have been evacuated. They have been taken to East Valley Community Center in Escondido, along with students evacuated from Bonsal High School.



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Bonsal High School is now being evacuated. Sullivan Middle School began evacuations earlier. Students at both schools have been taken to East Valley Community Center in Escondido.

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A wind-related death has been reported in Carlsbad:

Man killed by falling branch: http://via.kswbtv.com/vkamJ

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Three
temporary evacuation shelters have been set up: 


Fallbrook
High School, 2400 S Stage Coach Ln, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Pechanga
Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592 

Pala
Casino, 11154 CA-76, Pala, CA 92059

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A helicopter drops water on the Lilac fire burning near Old Highway 395.

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FIrefighters use a bulldozer to clear brush near Old Highway 395.
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Del Mar Fairgrounds officials are requesting help from experienced horse handlers.

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Evacuations happening around Lake Vista Terrace and Vista Valley Road.

Officers are stopping traffic at Little Gopher Canyon

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Oceanside Unified School District released students early Thursday due to poor air quality. 

The below schools were released early. 

  • Foussat – 2:15 pm
  • Nichols – 2:00 pm
  • SLR – 2:00 pm
  • Ivey – 1:45 pm 
  • King – 1: 45 pm
  • McAuliffe – 2:00 pm
  • Garrison – 2:00 pm
  • South O – 1:45 pm
  • Palmquist, – 2:00 pm
  • Lincoln – 1:30 pm (regular schedule)
  • Chavez – 1:45 pm
  • Del Rio – 2:15 pm 
  • Libby – 2:40 pm
  • Mission – 2:15 pm
  • Reynolds – 2:15 pm

In consideration of the air quality, all after school sports and activities scheduled for this evening are cancelled.

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Helicopter dropping water on flames burning in Bonsall 

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Cal Fire officials say two civilians are being treated for burn injuries suffered in the Lilac Fire and are being taken to a hospital. The extent of the injuries isn’t immediately known.

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Two civilians are being treated for burn injuries and are being taken to a hospital, according to Cal Fire officials. The extent of the injuries isn’t immediately known.

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Cal State San Marcos has canceled classes for the rest of Thursday
and Friday in consideration of employees and students affected by the Lilac Fire in northern San Diego County. 

Palomar College’s main campus remains open, but facilities in Fallbrook, Bonsall and Camp Pendleton have closed. 

MiraCosta College’s Oceanside campus and Community Learning Center have closed.

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New evacuation orders:

South of Hwy 76

West of I-15 Freeway

North of Gopher Canyon Rd,

East of E. Vista Way & Mission Rd.

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Three temporary evacuation shelters have been set up: 


Fallbrook High School, 2400 S Stage Coach Ln, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Pechanga Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592 

Pala Casino, 11154 CA-76, Pala, CA 92059

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Watch Live: Emergency officials provide details about Lilac Fire >> http://fox5sandiego.com/on-air/live-streaming-sc/

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Governor Brown declares state of emergency in San Diego County due to the fire burning in Bonsall

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About 130 horses and livestock have been evacuated to Del Mar Fairgrounds. More animals are on the way there.

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Vista Unified School District has canceled classes for Friday due to wildfires burning in North County http://bit.ly/2j4ebYi 

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Traffic Alert: Lanes closed due to the Lilac Fire in Bonsall on westbound SR-76 between Old Hwy 395 and CR-S13 #SDtraffic bit.ly/Y31oyM

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Road Closures:

– West Lilac is closed between Camino Del Rey and Old Highway 395

– SR-76 is closed in both directions between North Santa Fe, E. Vista Way and Old Highway 395

– Camino Del Rey between SR-76 and Old Highway 395

– Little Gopher Canyon Road between Gopher Canyon and Old River Road

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Red Cross has set up overnight shelters at:

East Valley Community Center
22443 East Valley Parkway, Escondido

Bostonia Recreation Center
1049 Bostonia Street, El Cajon

Temporary evacuation points have been set up at:

Carlsbad Forum
1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad

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Frantic horses run loose as #LilacFire threatens barn in Bonsall. Video of the chaos was live streamed on Facebook.

See it:  http://via.kswbtv.com/7o6OK  

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Updated evacuation center details:

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Nearly 70 San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies are helping with security patrols and traffic controls in the evacuated and fire areas.
Evacuation notifications went out to people who live in Bonsall. Specifically the SR-76 corridor between I-15 and South Mission Road, Lilac Road between Old Highway 395 and Camino Del Rey and the area south of Lilac Road between Lilac and Camino Del Rey.

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Register your cell phone for emergency alerts: http://www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/

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Carlsbad Unified School District added to list of Friday school closures. Full list: http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/12/07/colleges-cancel-classes-as-lilac-fire-grows-in-north-county/

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The evacuation center at Fallbrook High School has been closed. Evacuees have been transported to the overnight shelter at the East Valley Community Center in Escondido, 2245 East Valley Parkway.

Residents can view the list of available shelters at http://www.sdcountyemergency.com.

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Stagecoach Community Center shelter is now at capacity. Evacuees should head to Oceanside High School shelter, 1 Pirates Cove.

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List of evacuation orders & warnings: http://via.kswbtv.com/f4vPy

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List of evacuation orders &
warnings: 
http://via.kswbtv.com/f4vPy

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List of evacuation orders & warnings: http://via.kswbtv.com/f4vPy

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A constant stream of trailers and trucks have been bringing livestock
to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Details: http://via.kswbtv.com/EclFP 

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Latest Developments:
• Lilac Fire: The Lilac Fire started near Fallbrook Thursday and grew to 4,100 acres in a few hours, leading to new evacuation orders. Evacuation centers have been set up in affected areas.
• More injuries: The Lilac Fire has left three people with burn injuries and two firefighters hurt. One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation while the second one had a dislocated shoulder. The latter popped it back into place and continued working, Schuler said.
School closings: Officials have shut down schools spanning at least 16 districts.
•Declarations: Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara and San Diego counties. The declarations free state resources such as the National Guard to support response efforts. He’s also requested federal assistance to supplement state and local emergency response.
Fast winds: Wind gusts in the region will be between 35 mph to 55mph through Sunday, which can fan the fire.

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Lilac Fire: Get the latest on the firefight, evacuations, closures and weather conditions on the FOX 5 Morning News or watch our livestream here: http://fox5sandiego.com/on-air/live-streaming/

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The evacuation shelter at Oceanside High School is now full. Here is a current list of evacuation centers: http://via.kswbtv.com/fxgOU

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Injury Update: Four residents have been injured, Cal Fire said. They were being treated at local hospitals, but their conditions were not immediately known. 

Two firefighters have also been injured. One suffered smoke inhalation and the other sustained a dislocated shoulder.

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The East Valley Comunity Center in Escondido is housing over 200 evacuees from the fire. There is still room available. Pets are also allowed. Here is a list of  shelters:  http://via.kswbtv.com/fxgOU

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Take steps to protect yourself from smoke during wildfires: http://bit.ly/2BXBOqn

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2-1-1 San Diego — the county’s public hotline during emergencies — is looking for volunteers to help in its call center. To register for a shift, go to handsonsandiego.org.

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Del Mar Fairgrounds is looking for volunteers. They currently have about 600 horses on site. Call 858-755-1161 to help. 

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As the Lilac Fire continues to spread devastation and desperation in San Diego County, are you looking for ways to help those in need? Here is what we know so far. (We will continue to update the list) 

How you can help: http://via.kswbtv.com/VgRGf

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SDG&E says customers who had power shut off due to high winds will remain without power overnight and the outage could last several days. http://via.kswbtv.com/15En4

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The fast-moving Lilac Fire destroyed at least 20 homes in the tightly-packed Rancho Monserate Country Club retirement community. 

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At least 25 horses were killed as flames sweep through training facility: http://via.kswbtv.com/7o6OK

Here’s video we posted yesterday on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fox5sandiego/videos/10156069747399940/

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Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) released a statement that read in part:
 “My heart is heavy today from the destruction of the latest wildfires in our community. I pray for the safety of everyone in our area, for the families who’ve lost homes, property, and for the many more who’ve been forced to flee as this devastating fire continues to spread.”

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Uber is offering  free rides to or from evacuation centers
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They are also providing free meals via UberEats to first responders