Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Lilac Brush Fire Spreads To San Luis Rey Downs

Lilac Brush Fire Spreads To San Luis Rey Downs

Nakatani said four fire trucks were on the property in an effort to salvage other buildings, such as barns and dormitories. San Diego camera shots showed a herd of horses moving freely, confined by the training track's rail.

"We had vans ready but they wouldn't let them in", Rothblum said. Officials said the fire was growing at a "dangerous rate" thanks to high-speed winds in the area.

"Emergency evacuation happened nearly immediately and at this time, we are doing all we can but it's extremely hard", the post stated.

"He said it was like an end-of-the-world scene", Rothblum said.

The fire started east of San Luis Rey Downs, and quickly spread to the west, according to media reports. North County Fire has issued a mandatory evacuation for everything west of U.S. Route 395 to Sullivan Middle School. There were sustained winds of more than 20 miles per hour in Southern California on Thursday, which made controlling fires very hard for fire officials. San Diego Fire-Rescue and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton were sending water-dropping helicopters to assist in the firefight.

Named the "Lilac Fire" by local officials - Lilac, Calif., is close - the blaze was 0 percent contained and had reached 500 acres in breadth as of Thursday afternoon due to high sustained winds. As of 2:35 p.m., it was 1,000 acres in size with zero containment.

"These are days that break your heart", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who declared a state of emergency for his city, said.

In a message posted on the Del Mar Racetrack Twitter page Thursday afternoon prior to the fire at San Luis Rey, the track encouraged evacuees to bring bedding, feed and horse identification to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

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