Creek Fire Map, Update As Rapidly Spreading California Blaze Prompts Mandatory Evacuations

A wildfire that erupted in southern California on Wednesday night prompted mandatory evacuations after quickly burning through more than 300 acres.

Firefighters responded to the blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, in the 37000 block of De Luz Road in Fallbrook at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the North County Fire Protection District.

The fire quickly spread to Camp Pendleton, prompting evacuations in parts of the U.S. Marine Corps base.

Mandatory evacuations were underway for people in the DeLuz Family Housing and Lake O'Neill campground areas at Camp Pendleton, fire officials said.

Cal Fire San Diego said the area along De Luz Road was also subject to mandatory evacuation and urged residents to "stay alert for updates and if you feel threatened, evacuate early."

.@CALFIRESANDIEGO is at scene with @NorthCountyFire and @MCIWPendletonCA of a vegetation fire near De Luz Road x Harris Trail in De Luz. Fire is 50 acres on Camp Pendleton. Stay alert for updates and if you feel threatened, evacuate early. #CreekFire pic.twitter.com/tHsPv9lAeV

— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) December 24, 2020

#CreekFire on Camp Pendleton [update] Fire is 300 acres, 0% contained. Significant new evacuation orders for 7,000 residents on west side of Fallbrook (roughly south of Main Ave/S. Mission Rd). Please visit https://t.co/kFNyPzwgZX for the latest info. pic.twitter.com/TeoHoFSsNz

— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) December 24, 2020

The agency tweeted the fire had burned at least 300 acres and was 0 percent contained at around 3 a.m. Thursday. It also announced new evacuation orders for 7,000 residents on the west side of Fallbrook.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said deputies were going door to door alerting residents in the area in the early hours on Thursday.

"A wildfire is burning in the area of De Luz Rd and Sandia Creek in @SDSOFallbrook," the department tweeted at around 1 a.m. "Deputies are making door to door notifications to warn residents living along Patton Oaks Rd, Shady Lane, Darla Lane and a portion of Main Ave."

#CreekIC De Luz Housing and Lake O’Neill campground on Camp Pendleton has been issued a mandatory evacuation.

— North County Fire (@NorthCountyFire) December 24, 2020

Fallbrook High School, with is located at 2400 Stage Coach Lane, would be the temporary evacuation point, the department said.

At around 2 a.m. local time, the North County Fire Protection District tweet the fire had already burned at least 300 acres.

"The wind is pushing this fire west southwest more into Camp Pendleton," the agency said. 'We currently have multiple agencies supporting this operation."

Fire crews from North County Fire Protection District, Cal Fire and Camp Pendleton were all responding to the blaze along with San Diego sheriff's deputies.

Shortly after the fire broke out, the National Weather Service in San Diego tweeted that conditions near the fire included 12 mph northeast winds, with gusts up to 25 or 30 mph and a 9 percent relative humidity.

The agency later forecast that winds were expected to be between five and 12mph between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, with gusts up to 25mph.

"Expect winds to remain quite strong through around sunrise, before weakening considerably during the day," the agency added in another tweet.

"Use extreme caution if driving high profile vehicles, particularly on I-8 through Pine Valley, and areas near Cajon Pass. CHP already reported an overturned semi-trailer on I-8, where winds are gusting to 50 mph."

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A blaze dubbed the Creek Fire broke out in Fallbrook, California on Wednesday night and quickly burned more than 300 acres, prompting mandatory evacuations. Cal Fire San Diego