Lilac Fire destroys two structures, prompts evacuations

Lilac Fire destroys two structures, prompts evacuations

CAL Fire and Cal OES say the Red Flag Warning will remain in effect until 8 p.m. PT Sunday.

The Lilac Fire, the sixth fire, erupted Thursday morning in San Diego County near Bonsall.

Officials still have not identified or reported a cause of death for a woman who was found in the Thomas fire burn area, at the scene of a vehicle accident. The fire has not yet been contained, according to officials.

In northern San Diego County, the Lilac fire continued to burn Friday morning, holding at 4,100 acres from the night before with no containment.

Six fires driven by gusty Santa Ana winds have torched neighbourhoods and rural communities from Ventura County north of Los Angeles all the way south to San Diego County.

A box of kittens was found Friday in the Bonsall area, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Some 20,000 people were without power as a result of the fire.

In Los Angeles County, firefighters on Thursday night took advantage of the calmest winds they had seen in days. Two firefighters battling the blaze have been hospitalized and were expected to recover.

More than 1,000 firefighters and other personnel were working the fire, aided by 15 helicopters, including some military aircraft, Kendal Bortisser of Cal Fire said.

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A 70-year-old woman died in a auto crash while trying to get away from the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

After breaking out Thursday, the flames moved quickly as the blaze grew to 50 acres as ground and airborne crews labored to keep the blaze from becoming an out-of-control conflagration like others raging this week across Southern California.

Temporary shelters have been set up at Fallbrook High School, Pala Casino, East Valley Community Center in Escondido and Stagecoach Community Park in Carlsbad.

One of those evacuees fearing the worst got some good news Friday. People with horses and livestock were advised to take their animals to shelter at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

San Diego Gas & Electric field crews worked through the night to restore power to more than 12,000 customers, leaving approximately 5,800 customers without power.

In the early evening, the county issued a new evacuation orders for the region south of Burma Road, east of Wilshire Road, north of North River Road and west of South Mission Avenue.

Numerous structures lost to the flames were residences in a mobile home retirement community near the origin point of the blaze, officials said.

The California Highway Patrol closed down state Route 76 from Gird Road to Old Highway 395 and blocked off the latter route between West Lilac Road and state Route 76. All classes and campus events in the Palomar Community College District were canceled.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

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