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Photos: San Diego wildfires lead to evacuation of 20,000 homes

In these photos, two wildfires burn after the evacuation of more than 20,000 homes in the outskirts and surrounding areas of San Diego. The fires erupted Tuesday morning with temperatures of more than 100 degrees with high winds. Lynne Tolmachoff, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told Reuters:

“That’s the problem, we have increased temperatures, low humidity and very high winds that are fanning the flames and pushing fire along,”

“The fire itself has been moving around in populated areas near some subdivisions so it’s definitely close to many residents,” she said. “They want to get those folks out of the area and into a safer area so our firefighters can get in there and do their job.”

By Tuesday night, no injuries or damage to homes have been reported. The fires subsided, the winds calmed and the evacuation order was rescinded. San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar told AP:

“At the point the fire is right now, we believe we have a pretty good handle on it,”

“We hope to do some more work through the night and into tomorrow, but I think the largest part of the emergency has passed.”

Thousands in San Diego County were told to leave Tuesday as a wildfire moves through parts of California. County officials say the Bernardo fire has burned more than 700 acres. (Reuters)


Nick Kirkpatrick is the foreign photo editor at the Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or Twitter.



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