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Horses killed, barns destroyed as fire sweeps through San Luis Rey Downs
08 December 2017, 05:06 | Opal Carroll
Smoke from the fire in Mexico near Otay Mountain. Courtesy
Machowsky said other trainers related that it was hard to navigate around the property as a result of limited visibility, while fire trucks attempted to stake out various barns in an attempt to control the blazes. & Sullivan Middle School in San Diego County due to the Lilac Fire.
Meantime, a fast-growing wildfire fanned by Santa Ana winds in rural San Diego County has burned 400 hectares only hours after starting.
Two more blazes broke out Thursday in Southern California, bringing the total number of fires to six and the number of acres scorched to 117,000, fire officials said.
The fire breaks out as red-flag and high-wind warnings have gripped the region, as low humidity, strong Santa Ana conditions and seasonally warm temperatures have combined to create a wildfire threat not seen since 2007, when several wildfires charred hundreds of thousands of acres across the county.
Firefighters were dealing mainly with the Thomas Fire, the largest of the four, which started on Monday at 50 acres and swelled to 96,000 acres as of 10 a.m. Thursday. At least one fire truck was on site with helicopters hovering above.
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Cal Fire said the fire is 0-percent contained at this point.
The homes are burning in the tightly-packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook.
The following area was under a mandatory evacuation order: North of Pala Road, south of Reche Road, west of the 15 Freeway and east of Green Canyon Rd. and West Mission Road.
Del Mar has opened its racetrack stabling and fair grounds property to horses and other animals being transported away from the blaze. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known. Evacuation centers were set up at local high schools and other facilities and residents were encouraged to take livestock and to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
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