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Lilac Fire burns 4,100 acres, 80% contained, all evacuation orders lifted

Stats last updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

Acres burned: 4,100
Containment: 80 percent
County: San Diego
Location: Interstate 15 and State Route 76 connector: Moving West towards Oceanside and Camp Pendleton 
Start date: December 7, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

Structures Destroyed: 151

Structures Damaged: 56

Structures Threatened: 0

Mandatory Evacuations: All evacuation orders have been lifted with some restrictions to the following areas.

For the following locations, the areas will remain closed to everyone except to residents only. All residents must show identification to get in the area:
• Rancho Monserate Country Club, 4650 Dulin Rd., Fallbrook
• The area between 5200 Olive Hill Rd. and 5800 Olive Hill Rd., Fallbrook

Safety Message: CAL FIRE is reminding residents entering the area to be aware that hazardous conditions may exist, particularly if a residence or building has burned. If there are electrical wires on the ground or other utility damage, contact SDG&E. Please drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel and utility companies in the area.

Evacuations Centers: Visit SDIC Red Cross for the most current information on Evacuation Shelters.

You can call the County Animal Services emergency line at (619) 236-2341 and find information on their website.

Animal Services is urging evacuees not to cut their livestock loose as it poses a danger to emergency responders.

  • Bostonia Park & Recreation Center, 1049 Bostonia St., El Cajon

A small-pet friendly shelter was opened at:

  • Palomar College at 1140 W. Mission Road in San Marcos

Large animals and livestock can be taken to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Lilac Fire Incident Information Website

Road closures: None

School Closures: Closure information for San Diego County schools

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ESCONDIDO (CNS) - All evacuation orders for the Lilac Fire were lifted Monday after crews managed to etch fire lines around 60 percent of the blaze.

All roads were re-opened by about 4 p.m., including state Route 76, which was completely re-opened between Oceanside and Interstate 15.

Officials were still restricting access to two areas badly damaged by the fire: the Rancho Monserate Country Club in Fallbrook, as well as an area between 5200 Olive Hill Rd and 5800 Olive Hill Road in Fallbrook.

The number of firefighters and other personnel battling the Lilac Fire reached a peak of 1,409 Sunday and officials at the central command center say they're likely to begin releasing crews from duty now that the fire has reached 80 percent containment.

The majority of those crews Sunday worked on strengthening containment lines and putting out hot spots. The fire has largely been contained on its east side near Interstate 15.

Their efforts Sunday focused on clearing lines of brush to stop the fire in its tracks on its western side near Bonsall, officials said.

"The fire's looking really good, despite the wind," Cal Fire public information officer and Battalion Chief Henry Herrera said. "If we can get through today I think we'll be in pretty good shape for the remainder of this incident."

Firefighters learned about their duties at a 7 a.m. briefing Sunday at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, where a miniature city has been set up with one purpose: To support everything needed to completely extinguish the Lilac Fire.

Meals, hoses, breathing masks, office supplies and medical care are all available at the camp.

The "trailer city" was set up shortly after the fire broke out, Herrera said. The blaze began at around 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, just west of I- 15 and north of Lilac Road in Pala Mesa, amid gusty, arid winds.

The fire has held at 4,100 acres since Thursday night. It has destroyed at least 182 structures and damaged 23 others. Thousands of North County residents were forced to evacuate their homes after the blaze broke out. No structures are threatened, according to fire officials.

Santa Ana winds will gradually weaken this afternoon though humidity will remain very low, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency's red flag warning was lifted at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Fire officials began setting up the command center after determining the blaze would need massive man power.

It's a joint command center, which means all decisions are made jointly by leaders from Cal Fire, the North County Fire District and the Vista and Oceanside fire departments.

Firefighters from those companies are joined by crews from across the west and as far away as Alaska.

They all speak the same firefighting language, Herrera said, which means once new crews arrive they can quickly learn about their assignments and get out in the field without having to learn local jargon.

Fire departments and other agencies from in and out-of-state brought with them 22 bulldozers, 163 engines, 24 water tankers and 14 helicopters.

The equipment not being used was lined up in parking lots at the Escondido park Sunday afternoon as the camp buzzed with activity preparing for firefighters' return home that evening.

Thousands of breakfasts and dinners are prepared by state prison inmates. Bagged lunches, including vegetarian options, are distributed to crews before they head out to fight the fire.

The meals clock in at about 2,000 calories each and are meant to sustain firefighters during the entirety of their grueling shifts, Herrera said.

Crews either sleep in hotels or pitch tents in one of the park's designated sleeping areas.

The camp's "Main Street" consists of a row of trailers that serve every function. One houses the command bosses and another handles accounting for the incident. There's even one just for making copies of documents.

Herrera said that many of the firefighters expected to be released Sunday will be assigned to fight other blazes ravaging Southern California, such as the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, which is at 170,000 acres and growing.

Chopper 8 over Rancho Monserate Country Club - a mobile home park in Fallbrook

Red Cross Wildfire Safety Check List

RELATED: New warnings issued for high winds, Red Flag Warning extended through Saturday

[Video by viewer Ismael Luna taken from a gas station near the 76 and I-15 connector]

[Interstate 15 and State Route 76 connector in Pala Mesa.]

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