Lilac Fire burns over 3000 acres, evacuations in place

Lilac Fire burns over 3000 acres, evacuations in place

- A unsafe fast-moving brush fire burning in northern San Diego County on Thursday scorched 4,100 acres, destroying several homes and at least 23,000 people have been evacuated.

President Trump approved a California disaster declaration Friday morning.

Eight SDG&E crews were scheduled to begin repairs early in the morning of about 15 to 20 poles damaged in the Lilac fire.

On Dec. 7, horses also had to be evacuated from in Ventura County as the Thomas fire approached.

A day after making progress against the Lilac Fire thanks to lighter winds, crews can expect to see Santa Ana winds pick up again today as they enter their third day of battle.

San Diego County was quick to proclaim a state of local emergency due to the blaze. "When the Santa Ana winds come in, there's no stopping them". All damaged poles in the affected area will be replaced with fire-resistant steel poles with thicker, stronger wire, the utility said in its online post.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said officials found the bodyof a woman near the site of a auto crash within the Thomas Fire area, though her cause of death was unclear.

The fire also is burning toward a sanctuary for the endangered California condors in Los Padres National Forest. On Saturday, about 10,000 people remained evacuated.

A brush fire is burning alongside southbound Interstate 15, near state Route 76 in the Bonsall area, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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At least 65 of the houses lost were at the Rancho Monserate Country Club, a mobile-home community near where the origin of the fire.

This video was taken by a firefighter in the mobile home park.

Brown said the Lilac Fire has threatened thousands of structures and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.

The Liberty Fire erupted in an unincorporated area near the town of Murrieta in Riverside County around 1:15 p.m.

During a late-afternoon news conference, authorities urged residents of communities near the site of the blaze - and across the San Diego region - to remain vigilant in the face of ongoing threats of wildfire amid the dicey and unseasonable weather conditions gripping the area. The fire consumed 300 acres and was 5 percent consumed.

The Skirball fire in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel-Air was 30% contained and at 475 acres as of Friday morning.

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.

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

A kitten was rescued from the flames by a San Diego Sheriff's deputy.

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