Brown Declares State Of Emergency Due To Fires

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Firefighters say they

A wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif. More wildfires broke out Wednesday in San Diego County � threatening homes in Carlsbad and forcing the evacuations of military housing and an elementary school at Camp Pendleton � as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave. (AP Photo)

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for San Diego County, where at least half a dozen wildfires have forced thousands to flee burning homes.

Firefighters have been contending with temperatures approaching 100 degrees and gusty winds as they try to contain flames fueled by brush and trees left brittle by drought.

No major injuries have been reported, but two firefighters have suffered minor injuries - one heat-related and one from smoke inhalation.

The worst of the fires is in the coastal city of Carlsbad, about 30 miles north of San Diego. The city's schools have been closed, and officials don't expect them to reopen until next week.

Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall says the blaze consumed an eight-unit condominium complex and has damaged eight homes and two businesses.

Crews have made progress in stopping the fire's spread. They estimate it was 10 percent contained Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, a blaze that broke out Tuesday and forced the evacuation of 20,000 homes in the Rancho Bernardo area is now 50 percent contained.

Firefighters say they've stopped the advance of a wind-driven wildfire that shot up canyons and engulfed suburban homes in Carlsbad, California.


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