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East Bay Firefighters Head to San Diego County to Help Fight Firestorm

Thousands of acres have burned throughout San Diego County in the past several days.

Carlsbad Poinsettia Lane Fire, Looking North over Batiquitos Lagoon on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Photo Credit: Bill Richmond
Carlsbad Poinsettia Lane Fire, Looking North over Batiquitos Lagoon on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Photo Credit: Bill Richmond

Firefighters from throughout the Bay Area are heading to San Diego County today to help douse several massive fires raging there.

Strike teams from Santa Clara, Napa, Sonoma and Alameda counties announced that they were sending fire crews to the area today.
 
There are four separate wildfires burning in San Diego County spanning nearly 8,000 acres this morning, forcing evacuations and road closures throughout the county, according to Cal Fire and local fire departments.

[Related article: Thursday San Diego County Firestorm Coverage]

The Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad has already destroyed an 18-unit residential building, two commercial buildings and six houses and damaged others, according to Carlsbad firefighters. County emergency officials estimated the total damage at $18.5 million.
 
After starting Wednesday morning, the 400-acre fire was 60 percent contained and some evacuation orders had been lifted, according to the Carlsbad Fire Department.

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The Cocos Fire, which started Wednesday evening and is burning 800 acres in and around San Marcos, was only 5 percent contained as of this morning, Cal Fire officials said. County emergency officials said three structures had already been destroyed and one had been damaged as the fire continues moving south.
 
A 6,000-acre fire burning in and around Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton was 20 percent contained as of this morning, according to the base's fire department. Another fire in the Deer Springs area started Wednesday afternoon and had burned 500 acres. It was 40 percent contained as of this morning.
 
Fatigue can be a problem for firefighters who jump from one massive fire to the next and Cal Fire is pulling help from farther and farther north in California to assist with the effort. Cal Fire's Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit sent a strike team of seven engines and more than 20 firefighters to Southern California on Wednesday, Cal Fire Capt. Amy Head said today.
 
"That's how we operate as a department, we mobilize equipment to where the holes are," Head said. Meanwhile, a strike team sent from Alameda County consists of firefighters from the county department as well as from Fremont, Oakland, Hayward and Livermore-Pleasanton, fire officials said this morning. They are responding to the Cocos Fire in San Marcos.

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At midnight, Santa Clara County strike teams left for the Camp Pendleton and Carlsbad fires. More crews could be heading down depending on the need and how long it takes to get the raging fires under control, fire officials said.

—By Bay City News

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Ken Briggs May 15, 2014 at 04:16 PM
why not , after all they do need help and they would do the same if we need help .
The Defective Cat May 15, 2014 at 09:55 PM
Good point Ken Brochmen of the channel 7 news team. California has always worked together when fires are involved. Not an easy job those guys have.
Lyn Moore May 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM
My sister lives in San Marcos and was forced to evacuate on Wed and still not allowed as of today (Sat) back home. She and her husband yesterday took cases of water, platters of Subway sandwiches and cookies to first responders spending money out of their own pocket. They wanted to show how grateful they are.
Autumn Johnson May 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM
@Lyn: I love that your sis and her hubby did that. I know from my experience of evacuating during the 2007 fires in SD County how traumatic and scary that experience can be. My framily all still live in that area they have been evacuating, then home, then evacuated again since Wednesday. Really hope your sister gets to go home soon.

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