Here’s some perspective to show you what firefighters are dealing with in Southern California: 29 new fires.
One of the hardest to contain in happening in San Diego County, where a flareup is forcing another round of evacuations: 18,000 of them.
And overnight, a minor and adult were taken into custody, accusing of trying to start a fire in San Diego’s Escondido area.
North of San Diego, police in Carlsbad are investigating the burned body they found, which could be linked to none of the many fires they’re dealing with Friday morning.
Here’s a rundown from several news sources of the unfolding situations in California.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NBC) — Wildfires continue burning in southern California, despite progress made by firefighters Thursday.
A wildfire continued burning in the Las Pulgas area of Camp Pendleton late Thursday night.
The fire, which is now at 4,000 acres and zero containment, broke out near a sewage plant and prompted the evacuation of personnel.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Meantime, a juvenile and an adult were arrested Thursday night for trying to start a fire in san diego’s escondido area.
Police officials could not say if the pair were involved in setting any other fires in San Diego County.
“We have a couple people in custody. We don’t know what this will lead to in terms of other fires,” said Lt. Escondido Police Department Neal Griffin. “But certainly in this case, a fire that could have started off at Kit Carson Park was immediately extinguished, and we have the suspects in custody.”
SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters working on Southern California wildfires have found a badly burned body in a transient camp.
The city of Carlsbad said the body was found Thursday while firefighters were checking hotspots on a fire that began a day earlier. The city says it had no information about person who died.
It appears to be the first death in fires throughout the San Diego region that have destroyed eight homes, an 18-unit apartment complex and two businesses.
The body was found shortly before all evacuation orders were lifted in Carlsbad, a city of 110,000 people 30 miles north of San Diego.
Akiki Fujita, CNN
(CNN) — California wildfires have turned deadly as 10 fires are charring thousands of acres and forcing evacuations.
At least one person has lost his life. It may be a long wildfire season for southern California.
Fueled by dry air and wind, the fires have raced across San Diego County, scorching more than 10,000 acres.
At least one person has been killed, and 20 homes have been destroyed.
More than 15,000 neighbors have evacuated, escaping a blaze that the fire chief calls a “moving target.”
“The fire started blowing yesterday directly west with an east wind on it; it turned on us and went east and continuing to blow east,” said the fire chief.
Horrified neighbors say these conditions are the worst they’ve ever seen.
“It was really terrifying. I was just thinking about my dogs at home, ‘How am I going to get home?’” said a neighbor. “I was worried about my neighbors, you know, just all the families down here. It was just really bad.”
Bob Payne was just 45 minutes away from his home when the fire swept down a hillside and engulfed it in flames.
“Some friends called and said they seen your house burning on TV, so we came here as soon as we can, but it was gone it was too late by then,” said Payne.
There’s a bit of good news for firefighters: The forecast calls for cooler temperatures and lighter winds.