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Friday San Diego County Firestorm Coverage

Information on the fires burning in Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, Escondido, Fallbrook, Lakeside, Oceanside, Pala Mountain, Rancho Bernardo area and San Marcos.

Aircraft with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing assist CALFIRE 2014 and local firefighting agencies with Cocos wildfires in San Marcos on May 15. Photo Credit: Pfc. Maxwell Pennington
Aircraft with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing assist CALFIRE 2014 and local firefighting agencies with Cocos wildfires in San Marcos on May 15. Photo Credit: Pfc. Maxwell Pennington
Day four coverage of the San Diego County wildfires.

Patch will continue to provide up-to-the minute coverage of the San Diego County wildfires at this site on Friday, May 16. Please check back for updates throughout the day.

The wildfires started on Tuesday morning in the Rancho Bernardo area with the Bernardo Fire. On Wednesday, several more blazes burned throughout the county: Tomahawk and Las Pulgas fires at Camp Pendleton, Freeway Fire in Deer Springs, Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad, Highway Fire in Pala, Cocos Fire in San Marcos and Escondido, River Fire in Oceanside, Lakeside Fire and Escondido Fire.

Active Fires

  • Cocos Fire in San Marcos and Escondido
  • Bernardo Fire in San Diego and Rancho Santa Fe
  • Tomahawk Fire on Camp Pendleton
  • Las Pulgas Fire on Camp Pendleton
  • Talega Fire on Pendleton fire
  • Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad

Fully Contained Fires

  • Highway Fire in Deer Springs
  • Freeway Fire in Camp Pendleton's Naval Weapons Station in Fallbrook
  • River Fire in Oceanside
  • The Aurora/Lakeside Fire


Total Acreage

Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad: 400 acres
Tomahawk in Camp Pendleton: 6,300 acres
Talega Fire in Camp Pendleton: 25 acres
Freeway Fire in Deer Springs: 56 acres
Las Pulgas Fire at Camp Pendleton - 8,000 acres
Cocos Fire in San Marcos and Escondido: 3,018 acres
River Fire in Oceanside: 105 acres
Bernardo Fire in Rancho Bernardo area: 1,548 acres
Highway Fire in Pala: 380 acres
Lakeside Fire: 17 acres

Latest Updates:

6:08 p.m. — County Opens Recovery Liaison Office
5:01 p.m. — Partial Repopulation in Cocos Fire
4:30 p.m. — Police Patrol for Looters, Arrest Man at Evacuated House
4:24 p.m. — Alleged Arson Pleads Not Guilty to Starting River Fire
4:02 p.m. — Update: Mail Service Continues Despite Fires
3:34 p.m. — 3rd Camp Pendleton Fire Dubbed Talega Fire
2:30 p.m. — Another Wildfire Erupts on Camp Pendleton
1:50 p.m. — Backhoe Sparked Huge Bernardo Fire
12:20 p.m. — Teens Jailed for Allegedly Setting Brush Fires
11:59 a.m. — Tomahawk Fire Is 23% Contained, Las Pulgas 5%
10:48 a.m. — Poinsettia Fire Is 100% Contained
9:57 a.m. — Cocos Fire Grew to 3,018 Acres Overnight
9:50 a.m. — Stone Brewing, Some Neighbors Return to Escondido
8:52 a.m. — Bernardo Fire Is 90% Contained in Day 4
8:47 a.m. — Cocos Fire Reaches 15% Containment
7:56 a.m. — City of Carlsbad Issues Official Fire Update
7:12 a.m. — Car Drives Through Wildfire [Video]
6:59 a.m. — 2 Teens Arrested for Suspected Arson
6:49 a.m. — Command Post Established at Cal State San Marcos
6:43 a.m. — Friday Morning Update on Poinsettia Fire
6:37 a.m. — Cooler Temps Expected Friday
5:41 a.m. — Las Pulgas Fire Grows to 8,000 Acres Overnight

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