San Diego Fires: Thousands of Residents Return Home as Evacuations Lifted

With most of the fires that scorched tens of thousands of acres in San Diego County either fully or mostly contained as of Sunday, many evacuation orders that were in effect in the area have been lifted, allowing thousands of residents to return to their homes.

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A helicopter drops water on a fire hot spot in San Diego County, where multiple wildfires broke out the week of May 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

All evacuation orders have been lifted on Camp Pendleton, where three separate blazes charred a total of 23,000 acres, according to San Diego County’s emergency website.

The Las Pulgas Fire, the biggest of the three blazes, has burned a total of 15,000 acres and containment was estimated at 42 percent as of Sunday morning. The Tomahawk Fire scorched 6,500 acres and was 93 percent contained. The smallest of the base fires, the San Mateo Fire, has charred 1,500 acres was last reported to be 55 percent contained.

Firefighters have also begun mopping up after the Cocos Fire in San Marcos, which has scorched 1,995 total acres and was 87 percent contained as of Sunday evening. Full containment was expected to come sometime Sunday.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, all evacuation orders and road closures related to the Cocos Fire have been lifted, according to a news release from Cal Fire.

Firefighters have been aided in their efforts to extinguish the blazes by cool breezes and lower temperatures this weekend.

About a dozen blazes in total broke out during a week which saw record-breaking temperatures, gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity. The causes of nearly all of the fires remained under investigation.

For a full list of evacuation orders still in effect, go to http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/.


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