San Diego County today to help douse several massive fires raging there.Firefighters from throughout the Bay Area are heading to
Strike teams from Santa Clara, Napa, Sonoma and Alameda counties
announced that they were sending fire crews to the area today.
There are four separate wildfires burning in San Diego County
spanning nearly 8,000 acres this morning, forcing evacuations and road
closures throughout the county, according to Cal Fire and local fire
The Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad has already destroyed an 18-unit
residential building, two commercial buildings and six houses and damaged
others, according to Carlsbad firefighters.
County emergency officials
estimated the total damage at $18.5 million.
After starting Wednesday morning, the 400-acre fire was 60 percent
contained and some evacuation orders had been lifted, according to the
Carlsbad Fire Department.
The Cocos Fire, which started Wednesday evening and is burning 800
acres in and around San Marcos, was only 5 percent contained as of this
morning, Cal Fire officials said.
County emergency officials said three structures had already been
destroyed and one had been damaged as the fire continues moving south.
A 6,000-acre fire burning in and around Marine Corps Base Camp
Pendleton was 20 percent contained as of this morning, according to the
base's fire department.
Another fire in the Deer Springs area started Wednesday afternoon
and had burned 500 acres. It was 40 percent contained as of this morning.
Fatigue can be a problem for firefighters who jump from one
massive fire to the next and Cal Fire is pulling help from farther and
farther north in California to assist with the effort.
Cal Fire's Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit sent a strike team of seven
engines and more than 20 firefighters to Southern California on Wednesday,
Cal Fire Capt. Amy Head said today.
"That's how we operate as a department, we mobilize equipment to
where the holes are," Head said.
Meanwhile, a strike team sent from Alameda County consists of
firefighters from the county department as well as from Fremont, Oakland,
Hayward and Livermore-Pleasanton, fire officials said this morning.
responding to the Cocos Fire in San Marcos.
At midnight, Santa Clara County strike teams left for the Camp
Pendleton and Carlsbad fires.
More crews could be heading down depending on
the need and how long it takes to get the raging fires under control, fire
[For current Patch coverage: Thursday San Diego County Firestorm Coverage. Information on the fires burning in Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, Escondido, Fallbrook, Lakeside, Oceanside, Pala Mountain, Rancho Bernardo area and San Marcos.]
--Bay City News