Lilac Fire Rips Through San Diego County, Dozens Of Homes Destroyed

Friday May Bring More of the Same for San Diego County

State of emergency declared in San Diego due to Lilac Fire

"The good news is, we have more resources than we've ever had before on the ground and in the air to hopefully knock these fires out before they become big ones".

North County's Lilac wildfire is now 20 percent contained as firefighters keep close watch on the potential for strong winds and focus on hotspots and embers that could ignite islands of vegetation the fire hasn't yet scorched.

It's a story that has played out in communities across much of Southern California this week as ferocious winds whipped sparks into massive infernos that have killed one person, destroyed almost 700 homes and buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced hundreds of thousands of people to run from fires that have burned more than 260 square miles since Monday.

Authorities say 85 structures have been destroyed by a wind-driven wildfire that swept through a semi-rural area of northern San Diego County.

The fire is on the eastern border of the Marine Corps' sprawling Camp Pendleton, and military aircraft are expected to help battle the flames. At least 20 homes in the retirement community have been destroyed, according to the Associated Press. This evening, Santa Ana winds and low relative humidity are forecasted.

Some of the first evacuees from the fire who had to flee on Monday were allowed to return on Friday, including everyone from the city of Santa Paula, the first city threatened by the week's fires.

After starting to drive away, the family turned around to recover forgotten personal documents but it was too late.

Herds of horses galloped past flaming palm trees in their chaotic escape of a normally idyllic place.

"I know it can be frustrating", said Gore.

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Flames engulfed a horse training center, prompting trainers to unlock stables and encourage hundreds of race horses to run for their lives.

"I don't know how many are living and how many are dead", he said.

Most of the loose horses were corralled and taken to another location, but about 25 died as barns and pasture burned.

Horses that survived the Lilac fire in their stalls are loaded onto a trailer early Friday morning. Sections of Carpinteria were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, but no flames were in sight.

Fire crews made enough progress against other large fires around LA to lift most evacuation orders.

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.

Ash fell like snowflakes on citrus orchards scattered around town on Thursday and on Spanish-style architecture.

Some businesses were closed, but staples could be found at Pat's Liquor, where Hank Cheyne-Garcia loaded up with supplies to fuel through another edgy night keeping sentry on the fire.

The National Weather Service said Saturday the Santa Ana winds have begun to kick up again. "There was just so much smoke". Just because you can't see flames doesn't mean your neighborhood is necessarily safe to return to.

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