New 'Lilac Fire' moving fast through San Diego County
SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. (AP) - San Diego County officials have ordered mandatory evacuations due to a fast-moving fire fanned by Santa Ana winds.
Authorities say the new fire has destroyed two buildings and damaged 12. The fire was first reported around 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 near the rural community of Bonsall and has grown to 150 acres amid gusts of up to 35 mph.
A mobile home park, a country club and two schools have been evacuated. This is the latest among wind-driven fires plaguing Southern California.
Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, had said Wednesday that a color-coded danger scale had reached purple, which was never used previously. The "Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index" categorizes fire risk.