Live updates: San Diego County fire 60% contained

Good news as the Lilac wildfire is now 60 percent contained and firefighters made significant progress through the night into Sunday. The burn area is still 4,100 acres although the number of structures destroyed has jumped to 182 structures, up from 85.

Roughly 15,000 structures remain threatened.

Residents of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Vista, Oceanside and Camp Pendleton are asked to stay alert. Santa Ana winds could be up to 40 mph in the burn area today.

Santa Ana winds come roaring back

San Diego is being lashed by Santa Anas, wrapping up a week in which the offshore winds spread wildfire near Bonsall and in Ventura County.

Early Sunday, the winds were largely blowing in the mountains and foothills, with gusts from 35 mph to 70 mph. The National Weather Service says the winds could spread and pop across the coastal plains through early afternoon.

The red flag fire weather warning will expire at 8 p.m.

Here are the latest updates, including which evacuation centers have reached capacity, as well as road closures and evacuation areas.

Sweetwater fire in San Diego County

Size: 8 acres

Containment: Appears to mostly be out.

Lilac fire in San Diego County

Current estimated fire perimeter:

Size: 4,100 acres

Containment: 60 percent

Road closures: Highway 76 from Interstate 15 and East Vista Way


Cal Fire announced Sunday morning in these areas of North County have evacuation orders:

  • West Lilac Road and Sullivan Middle School.
  • South of Burma Road
  • East of Wilshire North to North River Road
  • West of South Mission Avenue
  • South of Reche Road
  • West of I-15 Freeway
  • East of Green Canyon Road and South Mission Road., North of Highway 76

Residents who live in some portions of North County affected by the Lilac fire can return home. All the listed areas have been reduced from an evacuation order to an evacuation warning.

  • North of Pala Road south of Reche Road
  • West of Interstate 15 east of Green Canyon Road and West Mission Road
  • West of Wilshire to North River Road
  • South of North River Road from Wilshire to Holly Lane
  • South of Holly lane from North River Road to Mission Road
  • South of Little Gopher Canyon Road to Sagewood Road
  • South of Dentro De Lomas at Nors Ranch Road
  • Via Maria Elena south of Camino Del Rey
  • Camino Del Rey south of Bobritt Lane
  • Aquaduct Road south of Via Ulner Way
  • North of Tumbleweed Lane between Sleeping Indian Road and Olive Hill Road
  • South Mission north of Hellers Bend
  • Sunset Grove Road north of Via Encinos
  • Alta Vista Drive north of Palomar Drive
  • Linda Vista Drive north of La Canada Road
  • Knottwood Way north of Flowerwood Lane
  • Gird Road north of Mary Lewis Drive
  • Sage Road north of Brodea Lane

Residents can return home outside the blue perimeter.

San Diego County

School closures on Monday:

• Bonsall Unified School District

• Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

• Fallbrook Union High School District

The cities of Vista and Oceanside sent these messages out Friday evening.

The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation orders or warnings. More details here.

Camp Pendleton reports there is no current risk to base personnel or structures. All gates remain open, but people are asked to avoid using the San Luis Rey gate due to surrounding road closures. There is no current evacuation order for any base personnel.

Damage: 182 structures destroyed, 23 damaged, seven people injured

Evacuation centers: Bostonia Recreation Center (1049 Bostonia Street in in El Cajon) and Palomar College (1140 W. Mission Road in San Marcos). Both are accepting pets.

Recovery help: San Diego County will open a local assistance center on Monday at the Vista branch library (700 Eucalyptus Ave.) to help fire survivors navigate the recovery and rebuilding process. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A town hall meeting is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Fallbrook Community Center (341 Heald Lane) to discuss the fire’s status, plan and to answer any questions from the public.

Animal assistance: Residents can bring horses and other livestock to the San Diego County fairgrounds in Del Mar for safety. Horses are being accepted at the fairgrounds’ Stable Gate off Jimmy Durante Boulevard. They also can be taken to the Del Mar Horse Park just east of I-5 at El Camino Real. If you need help evacuating animals, call the county's animal services emergency line at (619) 236-2341.

Power outages: SDG&E said roughly 5,600 homes were without power Sunday at 6 a.m. and it was working to restore power. It said it proactively turned off power in some areas for public safety.

Liberty fire in Riverside County

Size: 300 acres

Containment: 100 percent; full containment at 8:34 p.m. Saturday

Road closure: Los Alamos Road has been reopened to traffic

Evacuations: All evacuations have been lifted

Damage: One structure and six outbuildings burned, no injuries

Evacuation centers: Murrieta Mesa High School (24801 Monroe Street in Murrieta) closed at 2 p.m. on Friday.

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