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Carlsbad Officials Urge 'Curious' Public To Keep Out Of Burned Areas

Firefighters attend to burned-out condo complex in Carlsbad, May 16, 2014.
City of Carlsbad
Firefighters attend to burned-out condo complex in Carlsbad, May 16, 2014.

Carlsbad officials are asking the public to stay away from fire-damaged areas and structures burned in the Poinsettia fire after receiving reports of people exploring and taking photos.

“Although the city understands why people would be curious, these areas could be dangerous,” stated a city news release.

“Fire and building personnel have been specially trained to enter these areas. Seeing them there does not mean it is safe for others to enter these spaces,” the release stated.


City officials said they would post photos of fire-damaged regions on the city’s Facebook page.

Meanwhile, officials said they are also receiving requests from the public on how they can show their appreciation to firefighters, police and first responders.

“The best way to do this is for residents to spend time this weekend making sure they are prepared for the next emergency,” officials said.

People are urged to go to to learn how to create a family evacuation plan, assemble an emergency preparedness kit and sign up their cellphone and landline for Alert San Diego.

“When residents and businesses are prepared for emergencies, first responders can do a better job of responding to critical needs,” the release stated.


The 600-acre Poinsettia fire started Wednesday and destroyed eight homes, an 18-unit apartment complex, two commercial buildings and a modular building. A second 18-unit apartment complex also was damaged.

By Saturday night, the Poinsettia fire was 100 percent contained.

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