Fast-moving fire burns 20 homes in San Diego County

SAN DEIGO COUNTY (KRON) — San Diego County officials have ordered mandatory evacuations due to a fast-moving fire fanned by Santa Ana winds.

At least 20 homes have burned in a retirement community as the Lilac Fire surges through northern San Diego County.

The fire was reported about 11 a.m. Thursday near the rural community of Bonsall amid gusts up to 35 mph.

The homes are burning in the tightly-packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook.

The wind-whipped blaze erupted Thursday afternoon and authorities say it’s moving dangerously fast.

The evacuations include a mobile home park, a golf course country club and two schools. Two lanes of Interstate 15 are also closed.

Two people have been burned and about 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) of land have been blackened.

The blaze is one of at least five destructive fires burning in Southern California. A fire that flared Thursday afternoon in the Murrieta area of Riverside County, north of San Diego County, has destroyed at least one home.

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