Thousands in path of Lilac Fire ordered to evacuate

SAN DIEGO -- Cal Fire officials issued a series of evacuation orders for thousands of North County residents due to the fast-moving Lilac Fire.

Here are tips to prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of having to evacuate.

Authorities issued an initial mandatory evacuation order for all areas south of state Route 76, west of Interstate15, north of Gopher Canyon Road and east of Mission Road/Vista Way. Among the evacuated sites were Bonsall High School, Sullivan Middle School and all neighborhoods along West Lilac Road.

Other sites under mandatory evacuation orders are:

-- Region south of Burma Road, east of Wilshire Road, north of North River Road and west of South Mission Avenue.

-- Area south of Reche Road, west of Interstate 15, east of Green Canyon Road and South Mission Road, and north of state Route 76.

-- Region south of Reche Road, north of Burma Road, east of the Camp Pendleton Eastern Fence Line and west of Green Canyon Road.

-- Area south of N. River Road, north of Bobier Drive, east of Melrose and N. Santa Fe and west of E. Vista Way.

-- Region south of Camp Pendleton Eastern Fence Line, north of N. River Road, west of Wilshire Road and east of Douglas Drive.

Residents of other nearby communities were advised to seriously consider retreating to safer areas as a precaution.

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Authorities set up evacuation centers for the displaced at Bostonia Recreation Center in El Cajon, Carlsbad Forum in Carlsbad, East Valley Community Center in Escondido and at Oceanside and Fallbrook high schools.

A shelter at the Stagecoach Community Park filled to capacity Thursday night and evacuees were asked to go instead to the East Valley Community Center. The Oceanside High School shelter also filled to capacity Friday morning and evacuees were asked to go instead to a newly opened shelter at Palomar College.

Evacuees were also being directed to the Pala Casino. People with horses and livestock were advised to take their animals to shelter at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The following evacuation warning was also in place:

  • South of N. River Rd., North of Oceanside Blvd., West of Melrose & N. Santa Fe, East of Old Grove Rd. & Douglas Dr.

For up-to-date information on evacuation orders, visit www.SDCountyEmergency.com.

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