Lilac Fire Burns Near SR-76 and I-15 in North San Diego County

Amid a high wind warning and dry conditions that made for extreme fire danger, the Lilac Fire sparked Thursday near State Route 76 and Interstate 15 in San Diego's North County.

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Flames consume a structure as the Lilac fire burns in Bonsai, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. The blaze burned numerous structures and thousands of acres according to fire officials. Wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes in Southern California.
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A homeowner stands in the area where his home once stood after the Lilac Fire swept through Bonsall and parts of Fallbrook Thursday.
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Flames consume a residence as the Lilac fire burns in Bonsai, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.
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A homeowner surveys the damage done to her home by the Lilac Fire in December 2017.
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A row of homes burn in the Lilac fire in Bonsall, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017, in this video screenshot from the San Diego Fire Department. A brush fire driven by gusty winds that have plagued Southern California all week exploded rapidly Thursday north of San Diego, destroying dozens of trailer homes in a retirement community and killing race horses at an elite training facility.
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Firefighters work to save a home from an encroaching fire during the Lilac fire in Bonsall, California on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
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Firefighters battle the Lilac fire in Bonsall, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017.nLocal emergency officials warned of powerful winds that will feed wildfires raging in Los Angeles, threatening multi-million dollar mansions with blazes that have already forced more than 200,000 people to flee.
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Volunteers rescue horses at a stable during the Lilac Fire in Bonsall, Calif. on Dec. 7, 2017. Several hundred horses and large animals were evacuated. Some prized racehorses kept at training stables and barns were set loose to run away from the flames.
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Firefighters walk to the fire line at the Lilac Fire in Bonsall, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2017. The fire sparked Thursday morning, prompting mandatory evacuations of homes and schools nearby.
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Aircraft quickly made retardant drops.
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The Lilac Fire prompted evacuations of nearby residents and schools, as well as road closures.
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Another aircraft flies into the flames.
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The Lilac Fire sparked Thursday morning.
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The Lilac Fire was first reported around 11:20 a.m.
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A view of the smoke from the fire, as captured by Caltrans cameras.
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SDG&E Live Presence Camera's captured this view of the smoke from the Lilac Fire, as it appeared about an hour after it sparked.
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The fire moved quickly.
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Firefighters guided motorists out of the area as the flames raged.
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The Lilac Fire prompted evacuations of nearby residents and schools, as well as road closures.
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Cars emerged from the smoke as motorists fled the fire.
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The Lilac Fire, as seen from a half-mile west of I-15 on SR-76. As of 1:15 p.m. the fire was still active and blowing west.
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The National Weather Service posted this photo to Twitter, which showed a MODIS satellite view of the Lilac Fire.
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Sullivan Middle School was evacuated amid the Lilac Fire. Firefighters scoured the campus, putting out hotspots from embers that drifted from the brush fire to the school.
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Sullivan Middle School was evacuated amid the Lilac Fire. Firefighters scoured the campus, putting out hotspots from embers that drifted from the brush fire to the school.
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Aircraft battle the Lilac Fire.
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Aircraft battle the Lilac Fire.
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Aircraft battle the Lilac Fire.
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Embers lit up some landscape at Sullivan Middle School. The campus was evacuated earlier on and no one there was hurt.
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Smoke fills Sullivan Middle School where students and faculty were evacuated due to the Lilac Fire.
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The fire spread to 4,100 acres as of 9 p.m. Thursday, threatening 5,000 structures.
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Mandatory evacuation orders were expanded to include parts of Oceanside Thursday night.
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Cal Fire officials said three people suffered burn injuries.
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The Lilac Fire was burning out of control and at zero percent containment, according to fire officials.
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Volunteers and members of Marine Corps Community Services and Stepp Stable borders help community members evacuate their horses to Camp Pendleton, Calif., December 7, 2017. The Lilac fire has caused evacuations from the Oceanside and Fallbrook areas and Stepp Stables is taking in horses in need of a safe haven. (U. S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Betzabeth Y. Galvan)
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Volunteers and members of Marine Corps Community Services and Stepp Stable borders help community members evacuate their horses to Camp Pendleton, Calif., December 7, 2017. The Lilac fire has caused evacuations from the Oceanside and Fallbrook areas and Stepp Stables is taking in horses in need of a safe haven. (U. S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Betzabeth Y. Galvan)
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Volunteers and members of Marine Corps Community Services and Stepp Stable borders help community members evacuate their horses to Camp Pendleton, Calif., December 7, 2017. The Lilac fire has caused evacuations from the Oceanside and Fallbrook areas and Stepp Stables is taking in horses in need of a safe haven. (U. S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Betzabeth Y. Galvan)
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Dozens of mobile homes were burned to the ground in the Lilac Fire on Dec. 7, 2017.
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Thie image was captured by the SDG&E alert cameras
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