SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Wildfires continue to roar across Southern California for a fifth day. A new blaze has forced evacuations as neighborhoods in San Diego County went up in flames.
People in affected areas spoke to News4Utah over FaceTime. Eric Ford, has lived in Oceanside for 43 years and said he’s never seen anything like it.
“It’s the first time I’ve had to evacuate my house,” Ford said. “It sort of hit me in a hurry.”
As of this report, the Lilac Fire started Thursday and grew to 4,100 acres in a few hours. Evacuation centers have been set up in affected areas as the fire moves west toward Oceanside and Camp Pendleton.
“My house was directly in the way where the winds were carrying the smoke. I mean the smoke was going directly over my entire neighborhood,” said Ford. “When you see entire neighborhoods, before and after pictures, completely destroyed, and when you see news reports about people saying that fire moved so fast, I’m not taking any chances.”
A state of emergency has been prompted for the region.