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California Fires Rage On: May 17th Update


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Yesterday, Santa Ana Winds diminished significantly allowing firefighters to make good progress toward containment of the half dozen wildfires still burning.

Despite the reduction in winds, most of San Diego continued to experience hot temperatures yesterday, which combined with the dry conditions allowed for a new wildfire to ignite on Camp Pendleton. This morning, six large wildfires remain active that have all together burned over 25,000 acres, mostly on Camp Pendleton.

 Winds have shifted across much of Southern California, bringing winds onshore from the ocean. In most areas this shift has brought cooler temperatures and higher humidity, but gusty winds and dry conditions continue to elevate the fire danger. All Red Flag Warnings have expired, but gusty winds may still pose an elevated fire threat.

Since January 1, CAL FIRE has responded to over 1,500 wildfires. In an average year that number would be approximately 800. This week's rash of wildfires is a reminder of just how dry conditions are in California. CAL FIRE is urging all Californians to ensure they are ready for wildfires by visiting www.ReadyForWildfire.org.   

CAL FIRE Incidents

 Cocos Fire, San Diego County
Village Drive and Twin Oaks Road, San Marcos
CAL FIRE/San Marcos Fire/Elfin Forest Springs Fire
* 2,520 acres - 70% contained
* Evacuations in effect
* 1,500 homes remain threatened
* A CAL FIRE Incident Management Team has been assigned

Bernardo Fire, San Diego County
southwest of Rancho Bernardo
CAL FIRE/San Diego City Fire/Rancho Santa Fe Springs Fire
* 1,548 acres - 95% contained
* All evacuations have been lifted

Miguelito Fire, Santa Barbara County
off Santa Miguelito Canyon Road in Lompoc
Santa Barbara County Fire/CAL FIRE
* 632 acres - 100% contained
* Full containment expected later today 

Local Incidents

Poinsettia Fire, San Diego County
Carlsbad Fire Department
off Poinsettia Ln & Alicante Rd in Carlsbad 
* 600 acres - 90% contained

* CAL FIRE is assisting 

Federal Incidents

Tomahawk Fire, San Diego County
Camp Pendleton Fire Department
Eastside of Camp Pendleton, west of Fallbrook 
* 5,400 acres - 79% contained

Pulgas Fire, San Diego County
Camp Pendleton Fire Department
Northbound I-5 at Las Pulgas Rd, north of Oceanside 
* 15,000 acres - 40% contained

San Mateo Fire, San Diego County
Camp Pendleton Fire Department
Northwest side of Camp Pendleton at the Naval Weapons Station
*800 acres - 25% contained

* CAL FIRE is assisting






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