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San Diego countryside a blazing inferno as wildfires tear through countryside
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/16/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
San Diego County, a very popular tourist destination in the summertime, is facing a severe setback. Wildfires have gobbled up wide expanses of the surrounding countryside. While the fires are coming under control, it will definitely hamper the tourist season as much of the surrounding area has been reduced to ashes.
Nine fires have destroyed at least eight houses, an 18-unit condominium complex and two businesses this week.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Some people have returned to their homes home to a charred landscape. San Diego County officials say residents of two neighborhoods in a suburb north of the city have since been allowed to return home. Crews have built containment lines around the fires.
California firefighters say cooler weather and calmer winds are helping them get a handle on the dangerous fires around San Diego County.
Cooler temperatures have also helped the spread of the flames.
An outbreak in the suburb of San Marcos forced new evacuation notices to more than 18,000 homes as flames raced through tinder-dry brush on hillsides. At this time, the fire was only 10 percent contained Friday morning.
Tourists coming to San Diego face a somewhat surreal situation.
Nine fires have destroyed at least eight houses, an 18-unit condominium complex and two businesses this week. The hardest-hit areas were in San Marcos and Carlsbad, a suburb of 110,000 people that lifted evacuation orders late Thursday.
Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the fire. Both 19-year-old Isaiah Silva of Escondido and a 17-year-old juvenile have been taken into custody on suspicion of attempted arson after a witness unsuccessfully tried to chase the teens who allegedly fled on bicycles.
It could take months to find the causes of the blazes concentrated in the northern San Diego and its northern suburbs.
Police say the two teenagers started at least two brush fires in San Diego's Escondido area, as a number of larger fires rage across the county.
However, Lieutenant Neal Griffin of Escondido police says they haven't connected the two young men to any of the larger fires currently burning across the county.
Investigators will look at in trying to determine what caused nine fires to break out during a heat wave.
Tens of thousands residents have been evacuated from their homes and shut down schools and amusement parks.
A red flag warning, which means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly, are in effect in Hanford, Oxnard and San Diego, according to the National Weather Service.
The once idyllic San Diego countryside has been transformed into an inferno.
Flames have charred more than 15 square miles and caused more than $20 million in damage.
There is at least one fatality in connection with the wildfires. A badly burned body has been found in a transient camp in Carlsbad. A Camp Pendleton Fire Department firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion while battling a blaze on the Marine base.
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