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Lilac Fire: San Diego County Fire Evacuation Information

Evacuees rest at the Oceanside High School fire shelter, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.
Matthew Bowler
Evacuees rest at the Oceanside High School fire shelter, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place Friday for some parts of North County San Diego after a wildfire fueled by fast-moving Santa Ana winds scorched thousands of acres in the Bonsall-Fallbrook area.

RELATED: Parts Of Fallbrook In Ashes After Lilac Fire

The Lilac Fire ignited around 11:25 a.m. Thursday morning just west of Interstate 15 and north of Lilac Road in Pale Mesa. With low humidity and strong winds, the fire to spread rapidly, burning more than 4,100 acres and destroying at least 85 structures. Fire officials are reporting that at least six people have been injured. At least 25 horses were killed and hundreds were set loose after the fire swept through the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center.


More than 1,000 firefighters, 100 fire engines and dozens of firefighting aircraft have been committed to battling the blaze.

RELATED: What You Need To Know In The Event Of A Wildfire In San Diego County

San Diego County declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, making the region eligible for state and federal assistance. Later, Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency for San Diego County and Friday morning, President Trump approved an emergency declaration for the state as wildfires rage across Southern California.

Click to use the San Diego County Emergency Services map.

The Lilac Fire has prompted mandatory evacuations and school closures in the areas affected.


Mandatory evacuations have been ordered by Cal Fire for the following areas in North County San Diego.:


The latest evacuation orders from Cal Fire are for residents who live within the perimeter of these roads:

–Area of W. Lilac Rd. & Sullivan Middle School.

–South of Burma Rd.

–East of Wilshire

–North of N. River Rd.

–West of S. Mission Ave.

–South of Renche Rd.

–West of I-15 Freeway

–East of Green Canyon Rd. & S. Mission Rd.

–East of the Camp Pendleton Eastern Fence Line and west of Green Canyon Road

–South of Camp Pendleton Eastern Fence Line

–North of Hwy 76

–North of Bobier Drive

–East of Melrose and N. Santa Fe

–West of E. Vista Way

–West of Wilshire Road

–East of Douglas Drive

For the latest information about mandatory evacuation orders, visit the Cal Fire San Diego Twitter page or the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services website.

The following locations are operating as shelters for evacuees.

Evacuation Centers:

–East Valley Community Center, 2245 E. Valley Parkway Escondido (*Small pets friendly)

–Palomar College at 1140 W. Mission Road in San Marcos (*Small pets friendly)

–Bostonia Rec Center at 1049 Bostonia St. in El Cajon (*Small pets friendly)

–Pala Casino, 11154 CA-76, Pala

–Del Mar Fairgrounds (*Accepts large animals)

–Carlsbad Forum in Carlsbad

–Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de Los Coches, Carlsbad (*At capacity)

-Oceanside High School, 1 Pirates Cove Way, Oceanside, 92054 (*At capacity)

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