Carlsbad fire information

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This page is where the community can media can find the latest information about the Poinsettia Fire.  Updates are posted in reverse chronological order, with the most recent update first.

UPDATE 5/23/14, 11:45 a.m.

The City of Carlsbad’s latest damage and cost estimates for the Poinsettia Fire have been released.

Damage to structures is estimated at $12 million. The following structures were destroyed: five homes, 18 apartment units and one commercial building. In addition, four homes and one commercial building sustained major damage, and 22 residences sustained minor damage.

The cost to the city to fight the fire are estimated at $12 million.

UPDATE, 5/20/14, 7:50 p.m.

Please Stay Out of Burned Areas

The City of Carlsbad is asking the public to stay out of fire damaged areas.  These areas can be dangerous, and walking on the burned open space could further damage the habitat areas and hamper the regrowth and restoration of these natural areas.  The city has posted photos of the burned areas on its Facebook page for residents interested in seeing the damage.

Red Cross in Carlsbad Wednesday

Red Cross client caseworkers will be in Carlsbad Wednesday assist fire victims.

Wednesday, 5/21, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Alga Norte Community Park
Meeting Room (in Aquatic Center)
6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad

Please bring:
Valid identification
Verification of damage (if your property is not already on a damage assessment list, damage assessment will need to be verified by a Red Cross team)
The Red Cross also has a number for victims, 858-309-1338

http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/ca/san-diego/ONE-WEEK-REPORT:-AMERICAN-RED-CROSS-CONTINUES-TO-SUPPORT-THOSE-AFFECTED-BY-SAN-DIEGO-FIRES

How to Help

Ready Carlsbad is accepting cash donations to assist residents and business in Carlsbad.  Visit www.carlsbad.org for more information.

The Salvation Army in North County is accepting donations of money, food, hygiene items, diapers, new baby toys, clothing and similar items for fire victims. No used items accepted.  The North County Salvation Army center is located in Oceanside at 3935 Lake Blvd., 92056.

Beware of Scams and Price Gouging

Please refer to the San Diego County District Attorney’s office notice for information about how to avoid common charity, insurance, debris removal, restoration and contractor scams.

The Carlsbad City Attorney reminds the public that after the Governor declares a state of emergency, it is illegal for businesses to increase prices of essential goods and services by more than ten percent unless they can prove it was due to an increase in their supplier’s price. The prohibition on price gouging after a disaster applies to consumer food and services, goods or services used for emergency cleanup, supplies, medical supplies, home heating oil, building materials, housing, transportation, freight and storage services, and gasoline or other motor fuels. In addition, it is a misdemeanor during 30 days following the state of emergency proclamation for a hotel or motel to increase regular rates. You can report price gouging to the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit at 619-531-4070.

No update on damage assessment.

No update on cause investigation.

No update on body found during the fire.

UPDATE, 5/18, 9:30 p.m.

Recap of Poinsettia Fire

100% contained as of Saturday at 5 p.m.

600 acres (original estimate of 400 acres was updated based on more accurate data)

Structural damage has not changed.  Will get more exact information once additional inspections are completed. 16 structures total:

8 single family homes were destroyed or incurred substantial damage

3 single family homes sustained minor damage

1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building was destroyed

1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building incurred considerable damage (smoke and water)

2 commercial buildings destroyed/substantially damaged

1 modular building was destroyed (trailer at Aviara Park)

Prelim value for structural damage is $10M to $15M

How to give

People who want to donate to the recovery effort can go to the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce website

Carlsbad.org

Click on Fire Recovery Efforts

Money raised will help residents and businesses

City assistance

City has set up a phone number to help Carlsbad residents and businesses:  760-602-2740

City’s Faraday Administration Center (1635 Faraday Ave.) will open at 7:30 to help fire victims.

City building officials have personally called owners of all damaged and destroyed structures to offer assistance.

City building division has assembled a team to help expedite processing of building permits and assist with other needs.  City has already pulled the plans for damaged and destroyed structures so staff can be ready to help owners with rebuilding.

Have list of resources available at all city libraries and at the city website, www.carlsbadca.gov

City asking residents to prepare

The best way people can help is to make sure they are prepared for the next emergency.

Visit ReadySanDiego.org to learn how to make an emergency kit

Register your cell phone and email with AlertSanDiego (also at ReadySanDiego.org)

Cause

Still under investigation

Death

During a hot spot check, firefighters were alerted to a transient encampment in the area of Ambrosia and Calliandra.  On checking the area, firefighters located a badly burned body.  Further details about the deceased are unknown at this time and the investigation is ongoing.  San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office is contact for further info on identity and cause of death.

 

UPDATE, 5/17/14, 1:10 p.m.

Public should stay out of fire damaged areas
The City of Carlsbad is getting reports of people entering the fire damaged areas to explore and take photos.  Although the city understands why people would be curious, these areas could be dangerous, and people should stay away from all fire damaged areas and structures.  Fire and building personnel have been specially trained to enter these areas.  Seeing them there does not mean it is safe for others to enter these spaces.  The City of Carlsbad will post photos of the fire damaged areas on its Facebook page so people can see what they look like without endangering themselves or their children and pets.

How to help firefighters, other first responders
The City of Carlsbad is receiving a number of requests from members of the public who want to show their appreciation to firefighters, police and other first responders.  The best way to do this is for residents to spend time this weekend making sure they are prepared for the next emergency.  Go to www.readysandiego.org to learn how to create a family evacuation plan, assemble an emergency preparedness kit for your home and car, and sign up for Alert San Diego.  Alert San Diego  has land line numbers.  People should register their mobile phones and email so they can get alerts during evacuations and other disasters.  When residents and businesses are prepared for emergencies, first responders can do a better job of responding to critical needs.

UPDATE, 5/17/14, 8:05 a.m.

Total acres burned by the Poinettia Fire has been corrected.  Number is 600 acres.  The City of Carlsbad has developd a list of resources for fire victims.  The city's Faraday Administration Center, 1635 Faraday Ave., will be open Monday at 7:30 a.m. to help those who need assistance with housing and rebuilding.

UPDATE 5/16/14, 6:05 p.m.

Carlsbad fire officials are reporting the Poinsetta Fire is 90 percent contained.  Hot spots remain throughout the affected area.  Firefighters are patroling the areas to monitor for possible additional flare ups.

UPDATE 5/16/14, 3 p.m.

The City of Carlsbad is in the process of deactivating its Emergency Operations Center.  The Fire Department has established a department operations center to continue to manage the Poinsettia Fire, which is still at 85 percent contained.  Fire personnel are patrolling affected areas to respond to hot spots and flare ups.  Some City of Carlsbad fire resources are being deployed to other fires in the county as needed.  No additional Carlsbad-specific updates are planned at this time.  For general fire information, please refer to the San Diego County emergency site, http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/

UPDATE, 5/16/14, 1:40 p.m.

Calavera Hills Community Center and La Costa Canyon High School shelters have closed. All evacuees have returned home or relocated to an alternate location. All City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed today, with the exception of the Carlsbad Senior Center, located at 799 Pine Ave. The Wild West Fest originally scheduled for May 17 has been rescheduled to Sunday, June 1. Bike to Work Day has been rescheduled to Friday, May 30.

All three Carlsbad City Library locations have resumed normal operating hours for today and this weekend. Dove Library is open today until 5 p.m. and is a "cool zone" for the public, along with the Carlsbad Senior Center. Cole Library and the Library Learning Center are open until 5 p.m. today. For additional information, call 760-602-2038 or email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

UPDATE, 5/16/14, 11 a.m.

City of Carlsbad is reporting the Poinsettia Fire remains at 85 percent containment.  Estimated value of structural damage in Carlsbad has been updated to between $10 million and $15 million.  No change to damage assessment.  Calavera Hills Community Center shelter remains open but is not accepting new evacuees at this time.

Structure damage assessment remains at

8 single family homes were destroyed or incurred substantial damage
3 single family homes sustained minor damage
1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building was destroyed
1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building incurred considerable damage
2 commercial buildings destroyed/substantially damaged
1 modular building was destroyed

UPDATE, 5/16/14, 9:40 a.m.

The Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the City of Carlsbad have been receiving calls from the public on how to contribute to those impacted by the Poinsettia Fire of May 14. At this time, we do not know the full impact on businesses in our community. We will have a better idea in the coming days and weeks.

The Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance was established in 2010 to help the business community in disaster response and recovery planning. The Alliance is a non-profit, 501 C 3, so all contributions are tax deductible.

Read more about how you can help at www.readycarlsbad.org

UPDATE, 5/16/14, 7:30 a.m.

Poinsettia Fire is 85 percent contained.  Fire crews continue to respond to hotspots in Carlsbad.  City of Carlsbad Emergency Operations Center remains open to assist with response and recovery efforts.  All roads are open and evacuations have been lifted.  Resource information for fire victims has been posted to the city’s home page.  Weather continues to be favorable, with 5 mph winds and higher humidity forecast through the weekend. Three Carlsbad strike teams are being redeployed to assist with efforts in San Marcos.  Air quality continues to be a concern.  Residents should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

There are three points where Carlsbad Police Department is still controlling access to residents for safety reasons:

Black Rail Poinsettia
Black Rail Sapphire
Poinsettia Brigantine

The Carlsbad Police Department has established a Tip Hotline for the Poinsettia Fire. If you have any information regarding the origin of the fire or suspicious activity or persons who may be involved with the starting of the fires, please call 760-602-7599 or email PoinsettiaFire@carlsbadca.gov

Structure damage assessment remains at

8 single family homes were destroyed or incurred substantial damage
3 single family homes sustained minor damage
1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building was destroyed
1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building incurred considerable damage
2 commercial buildings destroyed/substantially damaged
1 modular building was destroyed

All core city services are available today.

City Hall and the Faraday Center will be open for regular business today.
Dove Library will be closed today.
Cole Library is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Library Learning Center is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed today, with the exception of the Carlsbad Senior Center, located at 799 Pine Ave.

The Senior Center will be open normal hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all regularly scheduled services will be available and the Senior Center will continue to serve as a “cool zone.”

 All Parks & Recreation classes are cancelled today.

UPDATE, 5/15/14, 10:40 p.m.

City of Carlsbad Fire Department officials are reporting that the Poinsettia Fire is 85 percent contained.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 9:55 p.m.

If you have been waiting to contact the Police Department for a non-emergency issue, like a crime report, we are now back to normal police services.  Non-emergency number is 760-931-2197. Safety Center is open Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 7:35 p.m.

The City of Carlsbad has completed an updated assessment of structures affected by the Poinsettia Fire.

8 single family homes were destroyed or incurred substantial damage
3 single family homes sustained minor damage
1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building was destroyed
1 multi-family 18-unit apartment building incurred considerable damage
2 commercial buildings destroyed/substantially damaged
1 modular building was destroyed
Updated estimate on value is being developed.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 7 p.m.

City Hall and the Faraday Center will be open for regular business tomorrow, Friday.

Dove Library will be closed Friday, May 16. Cole Library is open today until 9 p.m. & tomorrow (Friday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Library Learning Center is open today until 8 p.m. & tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dove Library Storytime Theater programs on May 16 will be relocated to the Learning Center (10:30 a.m.) & Cole Library (1:30 p.m.). The library has extended due dates for any items normally due this week (May 14 through May 18) to Monday, May 19. All holds for library materials have been extended until Monday, May 19. Questions? Please call 760-434-2871 or email librarian@carlsbada.gov.

All City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed Friday, with the exception of the Carlsbad Senior Center, located at 799 Pine Ave. The Senior Center will be open normal hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all regularly scheduled services will be available and the Senior Center will continue to serve as a “cool zone.”  All Parks & Recreation classes are cancelled Friday.

UPDATE, 5/15/14, 6:40 p.m.

The evacuation order has been lifted on all areas associated with the Poinsettia Fire.  Residents are allowed to re-enter the area and their homes.  Please use caution as there are still police and fire equipment and personnel in some areas.  Thanks for your patience and cooperation.

City of Carlsbad incident command staff are preparing to release some resources so they can be redeployed where needed.  Current city resources deployed include 9 strike teams, 4 hand crews and 2 bulldozers with crews, representing approximately 300 firefighters.

UPDATE, 5/15/14, 6:04 p.m.

Updated information about injuries and fatalities:  During a hot spot check, firefighters were alerted to a transient encampment in the area of Ambrosia and Calliandra.  On checking the area, firefighters located a badly burned body.  Further details about the deceased are unknown at this time and the investigation is ongoing. There continue to be no reported injuries.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 5:50 p.m.

Major roadways throughout Carlsbad are now open; however limited access has been granted to Ambrosia Lane to facilitate support for safety personnel.  Law enforcement personnel will be setting up checkpoints to monitor access to evacuated areas.  Please proceed with caution and obey directions from safety personnel.

If you needed to abandon your vehicle due to the evacuation please retrieve your vehicles from roadways to keep them clear for normal traffic.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 5:30 p.m.

The evacuation order has been lifted for the following streets:

Sapphire Drive
Turquoise Drive
Ruby Way
Opal Way
Topaz Way
Coral Way

The evacuation order is lifted for all neighborhoods with access off of Ambrosia Lane, north of Aviara Parkway and south of Poinsettia Lane.

The evacuation order is lifted for all neighborhoods with access off Mimosa Drive, south of Poinsettia, north of Aviara Parkway and west of El Camino Real.

The following streets can access their homes via Brigantine Dr. to retrieve necessities only.  The evacuation order is still in place for these streets:

Brigantine Drive
Wayfinders Court
Seaport Place
Maritime Drive
Weatherly Road
Martingale Court

Skimmer Court remains closed and the evacuation order is still effect.

Residents returning to evacuated areas are reminded to:

  • Report any gas or electricity issues to 800-411-SDGE.
  • Use a flashlight. Do not light matches or turn on electrical switches if you suspect electrical damage or gas leaks.
  • Check for gas leaks starting at the water heater. If you smell gas, get everyone out of the house; turn off the main gas valve, open windows and contact the utility company.
  • If there is no power, check to make sure the main breaker is on. Fires may cause breakers to trip. If the breakers are on and power is still not present, contact the utility company.
  • Inspect the roof immediately and extinguish any sparks or embers. Wildfires may have left burning embers that could re-ignite.
  • Recheck for smoke and sparks throughout the home, including the attic for several hours. The winds of wildfires can blow burning embers anywhere. Keep checking your home for embers that could cause fires.
  • Do not consume any food, beverages or medications that have been exposed to smoke, ash, heat, pressure, or chemicals.

Additional safety tips for residents returning to evacuation areas are available on the San Diego County Recovery web site, http://sdcountyrecovery.com.

The only residents who may return to their homes are those who have received a message via the Alert San Diego reverse 9-1-1 system notifying them that the evacuation order has been lifted for their area.  Please proceed with caution and obey direction by safety personnel.

UPDATE, 5/15/14, 5:15 p.m.

City of Carlsbad will be announcing shortly new areas where evacuations have been lifted and roads reopened.  Alert San Diego, “Reverse 9-1-1” notifications will be made to the areas affected, and residents can check the city’s website at news.carlsbadca.gov.

The city is working on an updated damage assessment and will provide that information when it is available.

The total area affected by the fire remains at 400 acres.  Current efforts are focused on managing spot fires and flare ups, as well as preforming structure protection.  There are reports of ash in south Carlsbad due to winds blowing west.

UPDATES, 5/15/14, 1:45 p.m.

The Poinsettia Fire is now considered a regional event.  As of 12 p.m. today, CAL FIRE Team 4 has assumed unified command, with other affected agencies for the fires burning throughout the county.  This now is being referred as the “San Diego Complex.”  For the most recent county-wide fire updates, www.fire.ca.gov.

Damage assessments are almost complete and staff is working with emergency personnel to ensure residents can return to their homes as soon as it is safe. Law enforcement officials are conducting a routine investigation into the cause of the fire.  For local tips about the origin of the Poinsettia fire, please contact the Carlsbad Police Department tip line at 760-602-7599 or PoinsettiaFire@carlsbadca.gov.

The only residents who may return to their homes are those who have received a message via the Alert San Diego reverse 9-1-1 system notifying them that the evacuation order has been lifted for their area.

UPDATES, 5/15/14, 10:41 a.m.

The Carlsbad Police Department has established a Tip Hotline for the Poinsettia Fire. If you have any information regarding the origin of the fire or suspicious activity or persons who may be involved with the starting of the fires, please call 760-602-7599 or email PoinsettiaFire@carlsbadca.gov

UPDATES, 5/15/14, 9:03 a.m.

The 400-acre Poinsettia Fire is now 60% contained.  Damage assessments continue to be conducted throughout the city.

Aviara Parkway between Ambrosia Lane and El Camino Real is now open to traffic; however please limit travel as much as possible to keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.  Please remain vigilant and follow direction by safety personnel.

Trash pickup will resume today to accessible neighborhoods.  Regularly scheduled pickups will be delayed by one day this week.  SDG&E is working collaboratively with local authorities to safely restore power as quickly as possible to those customers affected by the outages.

Residents with large animals impacted by the fires who need help with their animals should call the County Department of Animal Services emergency line at 619-236-2341.

City Hall, Faraday Center, Carlsbad Senior Center, Cole Library and the Library Learning Center remain open.  Alga Norte, Harding and Stagecoach community centers, Monroe Street Pool and the Dove Library will be closed today.

Carlsbad’s Bike to Work Day pit stop scheduled for May 16 has been cancelled.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 6:46 a.m.

Camino Vida Roble between Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real has been reopened.  The following roads in Carlsbad remain closed. Due to the road closures, morning traffic is expected to be congested. Please stay off the roads if possible or use alternate routes. See map.

Aviara from Ambrosia to El Camino Real
El Camino Real from Alga to Palomar Airport Road
Poinsettia from Black Rail to El Camino Real
Palomar Oaks Way
Cassia Road

UPDATE 5/15/14, 6:23 a.m.

Here is the preliminary structure damage assessment and other updates:

22 dwelling units destroyed (including 18 apartments and 4 single family homes)
2 commercial buildings destroyed
6 single family homes damaged
1 structure damaged
2 vehicles damaged

Approximately 300 firefighters on scene
Approximately 50 law enforcement officers on scene
No known injuries
Air quality is affected by the smoke. People are asked to limit outdoor activities.

UPDATE 5/15/14, 3:20 a.m.

The following roads in Carlsbad remain closed.  Due to the road closures, morning traffic is expected to be congested.  Please stay off the roads if possible or use alternate routes. See map.

Aviara from Ambrosia to El Camino Real
El Camino Real from Alga to Palomar Airport Road
Camino Vide Robles between Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real
Poinsettia from Black Rail to El Camino Real
Palomar Oaks Way, south of Palomar Airport Road
Cassia

UPDATE 5/15/14, 12:37 a.m.

Poinsettia Fire is 50 percent contained.  No injuries or deaths have been reported.  Initial structural damage assessment is $22.5 million.

UPDATE 5/14/14, 11:25 p.m.

Updated preliminary damage assessment: 8 homes, an 18-unit apartment complex and 2 commercial structures in Carlsbad have been damaged or destroyed

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 10:40 p.m.

Evacuation orders have been lifted and residents may return to the following areas in Carlsbad:

Area east of El Camino Real, south of Alga Road. Recommended route is westbound on Alga from Melrose or northbound on El Camino Real from La Costa
Aviara Parkway from Poinsettia to Ambrosia.  Recommended route is from the west, traveling eastbound on Poinsettia to Aviara Parkway.
Area south of Aviara Parkway
Following streets North of Aviara Parkway
Blackrail
Nightshade
Tohee
Cormorant
Baccharis

All hotels on Palomar Airport Road near the airport are open

UPDATE 5/14/14, 10:15 p.m.

The City of Carlsbad announces that the evacuation order has been lifted for the following areas in southern Carlsbad:

Area east of El Camino Real, south of Alga Road

Residents will receive a message via the Alert San Diego reverse 9-1-1 system notifying them of the evacuation order being lifted for this area.  Check the city website, www.carlsbadca.gov for evacuation updates.

The  Westfield Plaza Camino Real temporary evacuation point is being closed. Those needing shelter are asked to head to Calavera Hills Community Center, located at 2997 Glasgow, or La Costa Canyon High School, located at 1 Maverick Way. Animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits are accepted at Calavera Hills Community Center only. People with large animals and livestock may visit one of the shelters listed at http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/updates/new-shelter-opening-in-carlsbad-05-14-14-1713/ Residents who need assistance with animal evacuations, or need to check for additional animal shelter locations, should call the County's Department of Animal Services dispatch line at 619-236-2341.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 8:40 p.m.

Preliminary damage assessment:  8 homes, an 8-unit apartment complex and 2 commercial structures in Carlsbad have been damaged or destroyed.  Fire is 10 percent contained.  Weather conditions are expected to improve overnight, then return to very hot and dry Thursday.  Palomar Airport Road is now open.  Residents not evacuated are asked to shelter in place.  Two shelters are open in Carlsbad.  Calavera Hills Community Center is open and accepting people and pets in need of shelter.  La Costa Canyon High School is open for people, but no pets please.  Both shelters are fully stocked and not in need of donations at this time. Additional volunteers are not needed at this time. Dove Library and all community centers will be closed Thursday, except for the Senior Center.  All Parks & Recreation programs and classes are cancelled Thursday. The public is reminded to follow all directions from law enforcement.  Carlsbad Police Department has increased patrols to protect property in evacuated areas.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 5:18 p.m.

The current damage assessment as of 5:15 p.m.:

Eight homes, an eight-unit apartment complex and one commercial structure have been damaged by the fire. There is no disruption to utilities such as water and sewer.  All City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed Thursday, with the exception of the Carlsbad Senior Center, located at 799 Pine Ave.  The Senior Center will be open normal hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all regularly scheduled services will be available and the Senior Center will continue to serve as a “cool zone.” Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane will be closed Thursday; Cole Library and the Library Learning Center will be open.  The City of Carlsbad Mayor and City Manager have signed an emergency declaration allowing the City of Carlsbad to receive emergency funding.

For the latest street closure information, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/
For power outage information, visit http://www.sdge.com/safety/outages/outage-map

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 4:51 p.m.

Westfield Plaza Camino Real is unable to accept any additional large animals such as horses and livestock. Residents with large animals needing to evacuate should call San Diego County Animal Services for assistance: 619-236-2341.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 4:10 p.m.

Calavera Hills Community Center, located at 2997 Glasgow, is open as a shelter accepting residents and their pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits. Community members are asked to crate their animals and have leashes available for their dogs. Residents with larger animals such as livestock are asked to head to Westfield Plaza Camino Real. The shelter is fully stocked and not in need of donations at this time.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 3:35 p.m.

La Costa Canyon High School, located at 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad, 92009, has opened as an evacuation shelter run by the Red Cross. La Costa Canyon High School cannot accept pets. Residents with pets are asked to head to Westfield Plaza El Camino Real until another shelter opens.

Carlsbad Unified School DIstrict is closing all schools Thursday and Friday.  No school structures have been damaged, however, they are closing as a precaution.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 1:45 p.m.

The safety and security of the community is our top priority and all available resources are being deployed. As of 1:30 p.m., approximately 15,000 evacuations notifications have been sent. We have confirmation of two structures lost. Evacuation boundaries are west of El Fuerte Road, south of Palomar Airport Road, north of Aviara Parkway and west to the coast.  Information on school evacuations is available at www.carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us

Updated information can be found at http://news.carlsbadca.gov. A temporary evacuation point is currently set up at Plaza El Camino Real southwest parking lot.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 11:55 a.m.

The City of Carlsbad's Dove Library, Aviara Community Park and Alga Norte Community Park are closed.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/14/14, 11:30 a.m.

A brush fire is currently burning in Carlsbad around the area of Poinsettia Lane and Alicante.  Mandatory evacuations are in progress.  Please listen to all police instructions regarding evacuations and traffic.  Calavera Hills Community Center, 2997 Glasgow, is being opened as a shelter location.  Pets are welcome.  Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle schools are being evacuated to Brighton Gardens, 2588 El Camino Real.  Parent should report there to meet students.  Westfield Plaza Camino Real is serving as a temporary evacuation point for people and animals.

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