Before hitting the road for a weekend surf trip in Southern California, you may want to check if the freeway is open. A dangerous drought plus a heat wave and strong Santa Ana winds are threatening South Orange County and San Diego residents, some areas already evacuated due to uncontrolled fire.
Southern California has lost up to 20,000 acres due to multiple fires throughout the Northern San Diego County area with thousands of homes evacuated, and dozens of structures destroyed.
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According to KTLA 5, two teenagers were taken into custody in Escondido on Thursday evening, after witnesses reported seeing the teens start a small brush fire and attempted to start another. With the rapid spread of smoke across the county, health advisories have been issued due to the unhealthy and harmful air conditions.
Evacuations are still in effect and as of this morning, May 16th, 2014. According to NBC 7 San Diego, this is the most recent update:
- Las Pulgas Fire (Camp Pendleton) : 8000 acres, 5% contained (7:40am Friday)
- Tomahawk Fire (near Camp Pendleton) : 6300 acres, 23% contained (7:40am Friday)
- Cocos Fire (San Marcos) : 3000+ acres burned, 30% contained (9:30am Friday)
- Bernardo Fire (4S Ranch) : 1500+ acres, 90% contained (7:40am Friday)
- Poinsettia Fire (Carlsbad) : 400 acres burned, 100% contained (10:00am Friday)
- Highway Fire (Bonsall, Fallbrook) : 380 acres, 100% contained (6:30pm Thursday)
- River Fire (Oceanside) : 105 acres, 100% contained (Thursday)
Keep checking back for more details.