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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

San Marcos Fire Immediate Evacuation Issued for North San Elijo Hills, Discovery Hills, Discovery Meadows, and Coronado Hills. #sanmarcosfire


Immediate Evacuation Issued for North San Elijo Hills, Discovery Hills, Discovery Meadows, and Coronado Hills. Evacuation Center Mission Hills High, 1 Mission Hills Court.
A hillside brush fire blackened about 500 acres south of state Route 78 Wednesday and sent smoke into the northern San Diego County sky, prompting evacuations for about 21,000 residents in surrounding areas and nearby Cal State San Marcos. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons in the area of Cocos Drive about 3:45 p.m., sheriff's Lt. Dave Brown said. Campus administrators cleared everyone off the university campus. The campus will remain closed through Friday and this weekend's commencement ceremonies have been cancelled, according to university officials. Deputies evacuated residents from the all neighborhoods south of San Marcos Boulevard, including Coronado Hills, Discovery Hills, Discovery Meadows, Lake San Marcos and North San Elijo Hills. A home at 404 Washingtonia was destroyed, according to broadcast reports. Those displaced by the blaze were being directed to Mission Hills High School, 1 Mission Hills Court, and San Marcos Middle School, 650 W. Mission Road. The off-ramp from eastbound state Route 78 to Twin Oaks Valley Road was shut down, but the highway remained open, according to county officials. Update 1630: IC has requested 30 Engines to respond. Structures Immediately threatened. Update 1600: Cal State San Marcos school website that campus is being evacuated immediately due to wildfire threat

Location: 600 block of Washingtonia Drive, near Twin Oaks Valley Road.

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