Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Latest On Wildfire Near San Diego, California

Latest On Wildfire Near San Diego, California

While the fiery tide turned a bit, authorities warned the returning Santa Ana winds could blow any optimism away before the end of the weekend.

Several hundred horses, along with dog and cats, evacuated from the Lilac Fire in Bonsall and Fallbrook are now at taking shelter in Del Mar. Already 60 percent contained is the much smaller Liberty fire, the second-newest fire to ignite, estimated to have burned a mere 300 acres in Riverside, according to Cal Fire.

The Lilac Fire, one of six major wildfires in the region, began along Interstate 15 and State Route 76 on Thursday morning and has continued to wreak havoc north of San Diego. While San Luis Rey suffered extensive damage, neighboring Trifecta Equine Athletic Center was largely unscathed by the fire and was able to take in upwards of 100 horses from the training facility.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday the winds were surging in East County, gusting to 56 miles per hour at Sill Hill near Descanso, 45 miles per hour in Crestwood and 40 in Portrero. Many of those horses were saved though more than 20 died in the fire. The relative humidity is below 15 percent across East County, adding to the wildfire danger.

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A "red flag" warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday.

At least 9,400 customers in northern San Diego remained without power Saturday, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.

SDG&E has cut power off intentionally to the other 1,400 for safety purposes because they are in areas with some of the strongest wind gusts.

SDG&E crews also safely patrolled almost 1,200 miles of power lines in Ramona, Otay Mesa, Warner Springs, Viejas and Pala Mesa.

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Wildfires are raging through the Los Angeles area, with the latest inferno having claimed the lives of two people.

Staff writer Gary Robbins contributed to this story.

More than 175,000 acres were destroyed so far as the wind-whipped flames devoured everything in their path, including more than 1,000 buildings reduced to ash and rubble.

File photo of the mobile home park before the fire.

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