San Diego County Fires Beginning to Subside
The San Diego County fires that began on Wednesday May 14 as a single fire erupted into nine fires that burned out of control for days. At least 47 homes were destroyed in the fires and losses have been estimated to be over $20 million. One transient is also suspected of dying in one of the wildfires.
Firefighters have been helped by the weekend's cooler temperatures and calmer winds. Most of the fires are at or nearing full containment. According to San Diego County Emergency, all fire evacuations have been lifted as this time. County schools will resume classes on Monday.
Cocos Fire - San Marcos: This fire has burned 1,995 acres and is 89 percent contained as of Tuesday. (per the San Diego Fire Emergency website)
San Mateo Fire - Camp Pendleton: The San Mateo Fire that was reported at 11:24 a.m. Friday has burned 1,500 acres and is 97 percent contained, according to the latest update from Camp Pendleton.
Tomahawk Fire - Camp Pendleton: The Tomahawk Fire that started Wednesday has burned 5,400 acres and is now 100 percent contained, according to the latest update from Camp Pendleton.
Pulgas Fire - Camp Pendleton: The Las Pulgas Fire that was first reported at 3:15 p.m. Thursday has burned 15,000 acres and is 75 percent contained, according to the latest update from Camp Pendleton.
Poinsettia Fire - Carlsbad: This fire has burned 600 acres. The Poinsetta Fire is 100 percent contained according to Carlsbad fire officials.
This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on May 16, 2014. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner
Page Last Updated: May 19th, 2014
Page Editor: Lynn Jenner