Wildfire spurs evacuation orders for over 20,000 homes around San Diego

MGN Online
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 7:48pm

A wildfire scorching Southern California prompted authorities Tuesday to order those in more than 20,000 homes -- most of them within San Diego city limits -- to evacuate.

Those residences "are being evacuated due to the Bernardo Fire," San Diego County announced late Tuesday afternoon on its emergency website. As of that time, that fire had burned 700 acres and was only 5% contained, according to CalFire.

That agency said people were being asked to get out of the Fairbanks Ranch area, with an evacuation center being set up at Torrey Pines High School.

Sarah Gordon, a spokeswoman for the county, said calls went out to more than 20,000 phone numbers telling them they were among those facing an evacuation order. Most are within San Diego itself, though a small number of those affected are in an unincorporated section of San Diego County.

There are no known reports of fatalities or injuries tied to this blaze.

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