Lilac fire in San Diego County destroys 2 buildings, burns 350 acres

Lilac fire in San Diego County destroys 2 buildings, burns 350 acres

Dollase was taking care of one of Machowsky's trainees at San Luis Rey. "There have been casualties".

"Some of the lower barns-portable barns-caught on fire", Machowsky said, relaying a phone conversation he had with trainer Michele Dollase a half-hour earlier.

It was not immediately clear how many horses perished. Keith Brackpool, chairman of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group at Santa Anita, noted that transportation between tracks was made hard because the fire around San Luis Rey necessitated significant road closures. Cal Fire officials said 20 structures were destroyed and several remain threatened as the fire grows at a risky rate of speed.

Images of mansions and homes in flames shared on social media prompted fears of a similar level of destruction in San Diego County where extreme weather conditions came in the color purple. San Diego camera shots showed a herd of horses moving freely, confined by the training track's rail.

"They said they've never seen anything like it", Machowsky added. "We turned a lot loose on the infield of the training track in hope".

A post on O'Neill's Facebook page indicated that O'Neill's assistant Leandro Mora was on site at San Luis Rey to assist with the evacuation process.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said officials found the body of a woman near the site of a vehicle crash within the Thomas Fire area, though her cause of death was unclear.

"He said it was like an end-of-the-world scene", Rothblum said.

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Residents and fire officials were still bracing for more fire.

"These are days that break your heart", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who declared a state of emergency for his city, said.

Road closures are in effect on Old Hwy 395 between W. Lilac Rd.

NBC 7 News in San Diego tweeted video of horses in the path of the Lilac Fire running loose.

Bonsall Unified successfully evacuated Bonsall Elementary, Sullivan Middle, and Bonsall High schools due to mandatory evacuation notices issued for the Liliac Fire. Pacific. At 2:30 p.m., highway 76 was closed in both directions.

According to the training center's website, there are 500 stalls on-site, over 400 of which are occupied.

Del Mar has opened its racetrack stabling and fair grounds property to horses and other animals being transported away from the blaze.

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