NORTH COUNTY — A wildfire fanned by unprecedented December Santa Ana
winds was running unchecked across the North County Thursday, chewing
through neighborhoods and prompting thousands to flee as the flames
spread dangerously fast toward the more populated coast.
p.m., the Lilac fire had grown to 4,100 acres and had zero containment,
adding to the conflagration of wildfires wreaking havoc across Southern
California this week.
At least three civilians trying to evacuate were injured in the blaze,
which roared through Bonsall — a rural community of horses, livestock
and agricultural lands — and into Oceanside. A fourth civilian suffered
smoke inhalation. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the