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County declares emergency for fires

The county of San Diego proclaimed a local emergency Wednesday afternoon due to at least six wildfires burning in various areas of the county.

The proclamation, signed at 1:25 p.m., requests Gov. Jerry Brown to also proclaim a state of emergency for the county. The emergency declarations provide for easier access to state and federal resources, as needed, to help in fighting the fires. According to the proclamation, more than 20 structures, including homes, have been destroyed by the fires.

All evacuations that had been ordered Tuesday while the so-called Bernardo Fire spread around the Black Mountain neighborhood of San Diego and toward Rancho Santa Fe had been lifted by Wednesday, but additional blazes were sparked Wednesday in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Escondido, Bonsall and at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Named the Poinsettia Fire, the fire in Carlsbad had forced evacuations affecting about 15,000 people as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bonsall residents were ordered to evacuate in the early afternoon because of the fire there, burning in the area of Old Hwy 395 and Dulin Road. Camp Pendleton's O'Neill Heights Housing and the De Luz Child Development Center were also ordered to evacuate.

The county activated its Emergency Operations Center Wednesday in response to the fires. The center is designed to coordinate emergency response in unincorporated areas, alert and notify appropriate agencies in regional emergencies, and to coordinate agencies on resource availability and mobilization. Residents are urged by the county to dial 2-1-1 for all non-emergency calls, and visit sdcountyemergency.com for updates online.

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