San Diego County was plagued by a second day of recording-setting heat accompanied by uncharacteristically high winds that in some locations reached 50 miles per hour. The extraordinary heat coupled with high winds and a winter season in which very little rain fell set up a perfect storm of events, with nine fires burning at various widespread locations throughout the county on May 14, 2014.
Hundreds of acres burned in San Marcos, Carlsbad, and Camp Pendleton, and when a fire broke out late in the afternoon off of Aurora Dr. and Highway 8 Business, Lakeside residents were understandably concerned that it would spread to nearby homes (including a mobile home park). However, the Lakeside Fire Department reacted quickly and with as many assets at their disposable as possible given the other fires burning out of control, were able to quickly contain the fire despite shifting winds and dry plant conditions.
At one point, the fire's forward progress made it necessary to evacuate 1,300 nearby homes. A temporary shelter was established for displaced residents at El Capitan High School, and Highway 8 Business was closed to traffic from Los Coches Road to Pepper Drive because of the dangerous fire conditions. Fortunately, the fire department was able to give the all clear by 7:30pm and all residents were allowed to return to their homes. No buildings were damaged and no injuries were reported.
And while the local fire is now completely out, the Lakeside Union School District is sticking with their plan to keep the schools closed on May 15, 2014. A red-flag condition is expected to continue through 5pm on May 15th, which means all residents of the county need to be on alert for any signs of fire.