North County Blazes Result in Widespread Evacuations and Fire Danger

San Diego County has seen a flurry of wildfire activity this week, with multiple blazes forcing tens of thousands of residents from their homes. While authorities are doing everything they can to control the fires and prevent damage to homes and businesses, there have been some reports of losses.

The two blazes most threatening to North County residents are the Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad, and the Bernardo fire near Rancho Bernardo.

Poinsettia Fire Information

According to reports, the Poinsettia fire has resulted in the damage or loss of at least 30 residences in Carlsbad, with over 11,500 property evacuations currently in place. Recent estimates put the size of this fire at around 250-acres, with authorities not yet able to contain it due to increasing winds and dry conditions.

The City of Carlsbad has opened up two shelter locations to residents displaced by the Poinsettia wildfire.

1. La Costa Canyon High School – 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad
2. Calavara Hills Community Park – 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad

A temporary evacuation point has also been set up at the Plaza Camino Real Mall Parking Lot at 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad.

Bernardo Fire Information

The Bernardo fire popped up and spread quickly on Tuesday morning. This led to the evacuation of over 20,000 homes in the areas surrounding Rancho Bernardo. Firefighters were able to quickly contain portions of the blaze, with no damage to structures being reported in the area at this time.

While Tuesday's evacuations were called off by 8 p.m. that evening, officials are advising residents to be cautious and pay close attention to the fire's activity. By Wednesday morning, the blaze was said to be 25% contained, but had spread to a total of 1,600 acres and counting.

During the official evacuation, Rancho Bernardo High School at 13010 Paseo Lucido was opened to replace the original shelter at Torrey Pines High School. Residents should take note of the Rancho Bernardo location in the event that future evacuations become necessary.

In addition to displaced residents, the Bernardo fire also caused hundreds of large and exotic animals to be moved from the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. Sea World contributed to the efforts, assisting the animal center in relocating many of its large residents to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Across the county, other fires near San Marcos and Camp Pendleton have caused additional evacuations and a loss of power for some homes, although damage from the blazes has mostly been avoided.

For the most current and up-to-date emergency information for your location, visit the San Diego County Emergency Site at