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Camp Pendleton on alert as fire climbs closer, many families living nearby evacuated

Evacuation Map
Lilac Fire evacuation zone. Photo: CalFire

A fire that started Thursday off south Interstate 15 in the Bonsall area quickly burned 4,100 acres, destroying at least 20 structures, fire officials said. Residents of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Vista, Oceanside and Camp Pendleton are asked to stay alert.

In Riverside County, a fire that started at Los Alamos Road and Liberty Road in the Murrieta area has burned 300 acres.

The Marine Corps announced the following on social media:


12/8 6:44- All Child Development Centers (CDCs), including the San Luis Rey school age care facility, are open until further notice.

12/8 5:00 am – As of 5:00am this morning, there are no significant changes in Camp Pendleton’s response to the Lilac Fire. Below is a summary of the updates that came out overnight. We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.

  • Due to fire activity IVO San Luis Rey gate, all personnel are requested to use alternate entry control points for access to CAMPEN.
  • There is an evacuation warning in place for San Luis Rey area (housing/facilities on base near Lilac fire)
  • There is no evacuation order in place for Camp Pendleton.
  • There currently is not an evacuation center for evacuees stood up aboard Camp Pendleton.
  • Please continue to watch the local news and monitor social media for any updates.

Here are the latest updates, including which evacuation centers have reached capacity, as well as road closures and evacuation areas.

Lilac fire in San Diego County
Size: 4,100 acres
Containment: 0 percent

Road closures:

  • Gopher Canyon Road is closed from East Vista Way to Little Gopher Canyon Road
  • Old River Road at Little Gopher Canyon Road through Golf Club Drive
  • Camino Del Rey is closed at Highway 76 to Old Highway 395
  • Old Highway 395 from Highway 76 to West Lilac Road
  • West Lilac Road from Old Highway 395 to Camino Del Rey
  • Highway 76, from Old Highway 395 to Via Monserate — the California Highway Patrol estimates this closure could last through Friday morning
  • South Mission Road is closed at Winterhaven Road to southbound traffic to highway 76

Evacuation warnings/orders: More 100,000 phone numbers called to issue evacuation orders or warnings through AlertSanDiego, a regional notification system for emergencies.

Evacuations: Damage: 20 structures destroyed, three people injured

Evacuation centers:

  • Overnight shelters at East Valley Community Center (2245 East Valley Parkway in Escondido); and Bostonia Recreation Center (1049 Bostonia Street in El Cajon).
  • There is no more room at Stagecoach Community Park in Carlsbad and Oceanside High School in Oceanside, according to Carlsbad city officials in tweets shortly before and after 11 p.m. Evacuees were being directed to go to the Escondido shelter at East Valley Community Center (2245 East Valley Parkway).

Animal assistance: Residents can bring horses and other livestock to the San Diego County fairgrounds in Del Mar for safety. Horses are being accepted at the fairgrounds’ Stable Gate off Jimmy Durante Boulevard. They also can be taken to the Del Mar Horse Park just east of I-5 at El Camino Real. Dan De Sousa, director of the county Animal Services Department. If you need help evacuating animals, call the county’s animal services emergency line at (619) 236-2341.

Here’s a video from the Bonsall stables near the San Luis Rey of Camp Pendleton…

Public health facilities closures for Friday:

  • Liberty fire in Riverside County
    Size: 300 acres
    Containment: 10 percent
    • Evacuations: Evacuations are now lifted for all Murrieta residents with the EXCEPTION of residents bordering Los Alamos between Ruth Ellen and Briggs Road and Maclean and Golden Eagle.
    • Damage: One structure and six outbuildings burned
    • Evacuation centers: Murrieta Mesa High School (24801 Monroe Street in Murrieta). It is not an overnight shelter.

Email: abby.hamblin@sduniontribune.com
Twitter: @abbyhamblin
USMC Life contributed to the report

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