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Lilac Fire spreads to San Luis Rey Downs training center

Lilac Fire spreads to San Luis Rey Downs training center

Cal Fire said the fire is 0-percent contained at this point.

Trainer Mike Machowsky, contacted via phone by the TDN late Thursday, said his assistant at San Luis Rey reported that the fire began on the nearby hillside and quickly reached some of the barns at the edge of the property.

Bonsall Unified successfully evacuated Bonsall Elementary, Sullivan Middle, and Bonsall High schools due to mandatory evacuation notices issued for the Liliac Fire. There were sustained winds of more than 20 miles per hour in Southern California on Thursday, which made controlling fires very hard for fire officials. Officials said the fire was growing at a "dangerous rate" thanks to high-speed winds in the area.

The Creek Fire burned 12,605 acres as of 8 a.m. Thursday and destroyed 15 buildings and damaged another 15. San Diego Fire-Rescue and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton were sending water-dropping helicopters to assist in the firefight. Two firefighters battling the blaze have been hospitalized and were expected to recover. Machowsky said other trainers related that it was hard to navigate around the property as a result of limited visibility, while fire trucks attempted to stake out various barns in an attempt to control the blazes. As of 2:35 p.m., it was 1,000 acres in size with zero containment.




Officials warned the worst is yet to come, as 30 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour winds are expected to fan the flames. "This is that worst-case scenario that we prepare for but hope doesn't happen". Cal State San Marcos was closed through Friday.

"These are days that break your heart", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who declared a state of emergency for his city, said.

There are now 6 major wildfires burning in Southern California.


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