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A series of wildfires burning in San Marcos, Fallbrook, Carlsbad and on Camp Pendleton Wednesday destroyed several homes and forced even more evacuations.

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This blaze started by a truck fire burned on the east side of Interstate 5 near the north end of Camp Pendleton Wednesday morning, May 14, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

More than 20 structures, including homes, have been destroyed due to the fires, according to the San Diego County Emergency website.

The so-called Tomahawk Fire at the Naval Weapons Station in Fallbrook (map), was first reported at about 9:45 a.m., a news release from the Marine Corps public affairs office stated.

Evacuations were ordered for the De Luz family housing area as well as the Naval Weapons Station. Mary Fay Elementary School on Camp Pendleton was also evacuated, the news release stated.

Camp Pendleton’s Paige Field house was serving as the evacuation site, according to the release.

The fire, which had burned about 6,000 acres as of 9 p.m., was being fueled by strong winds in the area, Fox 5 News reported. The fire was moving toward Camp Pendleton, according to Cal Fire.

A second brush fire in Fallbrook, dubbed the Highway Fire, had charred 600 acres along the 15 Freeway, near State Route 76 and Old Highway 395 in the Pala area of northeastern San Diego County, Fox 5 News learned from the California Highway Patrol.

The North County Fire Protection District was advising some area residents to evacuate. By 9:30 p.m. all evacuations in the area had been lifted.

In Carlsbad, a third blaze dubbed the , was burning near McClellan-Palomar Airport.

Homes and businesses in the fire’s path were being evacuated, the television station reported.

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This dramatic image of a “fire tornado” was captured in Fallbrook on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Credit: KSWB)

At least 100 acres had burned as of 5:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

In San Marcos, the Cocos Fire had blackened 450 acres south of State Route 78, Fox 5 News reported.

According to Cal Fire, at least five structures had been destroyed.

Deputies were evacuating residents south of San Marcos Boulevard, including Coronado Hills, Discovery Hills, Discovery Meadows, Lake San Marcos and North San Elijo Hills, the station reported.

Cal State San Marcos was also evacuated.

Evacuation centers were set up at Mission Hills High School and San Marcos Middle School, Fox 5 News reported.

The County of San Diego has proclaimed a local emergency due to the fires, the according to their emergency website.

Wednesday evening, Governor Brown also issued an emergency proclamation for the county.

Get continuing fire coverage on Fox 5 News.