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Fires across North County prompts state of emergency

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It seemed like there were flames everywhere. Yesterday May 14, more then eight fires broke out across North County, prompting evacuations, school and freeway closures. The California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for San Diego County after the temperature came close to triple digits and strong winds spurred the flames that have burned around fifteen square miles.

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The Carlsbad fire started yesterday around 10:30 a.m. in heavy brush, but then jumped to residential areas. The fire started so quickly that while firefighters had rushed in to control the blaze, they also had to evacuate people from that area. The fire forced the evacuation of Legoland and damaged eight homes and two businesses, while a condominium complex was completely lost to the flames. According to the City of Carlsbad this morning the fire is 50% contained and some of the evacuations for Carlsbad have been lifted and people have been able to return home. While people should expect lots of traffic today, there are still many road closures including:
Aviara from Ambrosia to El Camino Real
El Camino Real from Alga to Palomar Airport Road
Camino Vide Robles between Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real
Poinsettia from Black Rail to El Camino Real
Palomar Oaks Way
Cassia
So far the City of Carlsbad estimates that around $22.5 million dollars of damage has been caused so far.

In the late afternoon another blaze broke out, the fire started in the hills of San Marcos and over 20,000 people were asked to evacuate, including the 10,000 students from the California State University campus. The fire in San Marcos has so far burned over 700 acres and is 0% contained as of this morning, so far there have been three structures damaged and no injuries reported.

Officials still don’t know what caused the fires to start and are currently investigating all the starting locations.

Schools all across the county will be closed at least through today. San Diego County Emergency Site is continually posting updates on status of closures, evacuations and evacuation sites for each area on their website. To view the entire list current school closures visit the website of the San Diego County Office of Education.

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