By Miriam Raftery
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
Update December 8, 2017 8:45 a.m.: Cal Fire reports the fire has burned 65 structures but remains at 4,100 acres. Evacuation orders now extend west to Camp Pendleton. Four civilian injuries and two firefighter injuries have occurred.
December 7, 2017 (San Diego) – Governor Jerry Brown has issued an emergency declaration over the Lilac Hills Fire, which has scorched over 4,100 acres in the Fallbrook-Bonsall area. The County has also declared an emergency.
The devastating blaze is burning southwest and is still zero percent contained. It started at 11:15 a.m. west of I-15 and north of Lilac Road on the Pala Mesa.
By this evening, at least 20 homes have burned, County Emergency Services reports. That includes numerous residences in the Rancho Manserate Country Club community. An estimated 5,000 more residences are threatened. Two people suffered burns and have been taken to a hospital.
Dozens of horses have died including many at the San Luis Rey training center, Times of San Diego reports. In Bonsall, numerous horses were let loose, running wildly through billowing smoke, a photo posted by Horses so Fine on Instagram states, adding, “Pray for them.” Community volunteers have come forward to help save many horses and the Del Mar Fairgrounds has opened facilities for livestock including horses.