Wildfire Reaches San Luis Rey Downs, Attempts Made to Rescue Horses

Wildfire Reaches San Luis Rey Downs, Attempts Made to Rescue Horses

Wildfire Reaches San Luis Rey Downs, Attempts Made to Rescue Horses

It remained the extent of the injuries resulting from the Lilac Fire. The wind-whipped blaze erupted Thursday afternoon and authorities say it's moving dangerously fast.

In a twitter post, the San Diego Public Affairs Bureau said Cal Fire was working with local military operations to secure helicopters to aid in fighting the fire. The "Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index" categorizes fire risk.

Tweets from various California-based turfwriters and horsemen late Thursday indicate that barns at San Luis Rey Downs training center have caught fire as part of the rapidly-spreading Lilac Fire which started earlier in the day.

Two more blazes broke out Thursday in Southern California, bringing the total number of fires to six and the number of acres scorched to 117,000, fire officials said. Cal Fire officials said 20 structures were destroyed and several remain threatened as the fire grows at a risky rate of speed.

Two residents were taken to a hospital for treatment of trauma suffered during the blaze.

The Liberty Fire was one of six affecting the region and prompting at least 160,000 people to flee their homes.

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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.

The homes are burning in the tightly-packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the area of West Lilac Road and Sullivan Middle School.

Del Mar has opened its racetrack stabling and fair grounds property to horses and other animals being transported away from the blaze.

Images of mansions and homes in flames shared on social media prompted fears of a similar level of destruction in San Diego County where extreme weather conditions came in the color purple.

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