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Smoke from the Lilac Fire is visible from an automated camera on Red Mountain near Fallbrook. Officials said the fire was growing at a "dangerous rate" thanks to high-speed winds in the area.
The fire was reported about 11 a.m. Thursday near the rural community of Bonsall amid gusts up to 35 miles per hour.
The Lilac fire, which could be seen from Riverside County, had burned 350 acres as of about 1 p.m. and had no containment, according to an email from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Chief John Hawkins. Two firefighters battling the blaze have been hospitalized and were expected to recover. Images from the scene show a victim being airlifted from the area. At least one fire truck was on site with helicopters hovering above. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County on Thursday after one of six wildfires began rapidly burning in the area.
Winds early Thursday turned out not to be as dire as predicted, but Emergency Service Deputy Director Kelly Huston says the office erred on the side of caution because conditions were similar to those that led to 44 deaths in fires that broke out across Northern California on October 8. & Sullivan Middle School in San Diego County due to the Lilac Fire. The decree, issued in the mid-afternoon, will help make the region eligible for state and federal resources. Officials ordered evacuations in the town and parents were asked to pick up their children from Visa Murrieta High School, which was in the vicinity of the fire.
The evacuations include a mobile home park, a golf course country club and two schools.
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