Schools closed, new fire now burning in Lakeside
Photo: Fire off Los Coches Road in Lakeside, photo by Beverly Reyes
By Miriam Raftery
May 14, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego Board of Supervisors Chair Dianne Jacob today declared a countywide emergency due to at least eight fires now burning. A Red Flag alert has been extended through tomorrow night.
Fires are currently burning in Lakeside, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, Bonsall, Escondido, Camp Pendleton and Scripps Ranch.
An evacuation center has been set up at El Capitan High School for 1,300 ordered evacuated in the Wintergardens area of Lakeside. Business Highway 8 from Pepper Drive to Los Coches Road is closed. The fire is now in mop up with no structures lost; evacuations will be lifted at approximately 9 p.m., Chief Andy Parr of Lakeside Fire told ECM.
The County urges people NOT to call the 911 system unless it is a dire emergency. They ask citizens use the 211 system. The 911 system is taxed. One ECM reader reported getting a busy signal trying to call 911 to report the Lakeside fire this afternoon.
Numerous school districts have ordered schools closed tomorrow, including many in East County. Closures include: