Carlsbad, California (CNN) — A major firefighting offensive sought to douse wildfires Thursday that have so far charred 9,987 acres in California’s San Diego County, with the worst being a nearly uncontrollable blaze in San Marcos.
Helicopters, military aircraft and extra crews, worked the fire which fire officials said was only 5% contained as it burned 800 acres Thursday morning in San Marcos, home to a California State University campus. The blaze forced the university to cancel this week’s commencement and other activities, officials said.
In all, firefighters faced three dozen fires overnight, but as of mid-morning Thursday, that number had been reduced to eight, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.
Evacuation orders for several neighborhoods in San Marcos remained in place Thursday and at least 350 evacuees without alternate housing spent Wednesday night in shelters, officials said. Schools in many areas of the county were shut down because of the fire, including the San Diego Unified School District.
There’s a lot of friends of the blog in the San Diego area. Last I heard, they were all safe, and so were their homes, but things change rapidly. Please keep them in your prayers, as well as the firefighters tackling an enormous challenge.