Timeline: San Diego May Firestorm

San Diegans survived a day where nine fires burned 9,000 acres

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The path of destruction from the Bernardo Fire that slithered through canyons without burning a single structure on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

    As of Saturday, six major wildfires were burning in San Diego County, scorching an estimated 25,000 acres - most on Camp Pendleton, Cal Fire officials said.

    For many San Diego residents, the most nerve-wracking day was Wednesday when nine fires were burning at one time.

    Here is a timeline of the events beginning with the moment the first fire sparked:

    Tuesday, May 13:

    10:45 a.m. Bernardo Fire sparks at Nighthawk Lane and Camino San Bernardo, near Del Norte High School

    1:05 p.m. Mandatory evacuation are ordered for homes of SantaLuz and Black Mountain Ranch

    2:30 p.m. Fairbanks Ranch is evacuated

    2:30 p.m. The Helen Woodward Animal Center begins process of evacuation

    2:35 p.m. AlertSanDiego begins informing 22,000 contacts of the fire in 4S Ranch

    3:10 p.m. Homes south of Carmel Valley Between Camino Del Sur and Black Mountain are evacuated

    5:20 p.m. New evacuations are ordered for eastern Rancho Santa Fe

    7:20 p.m. Residents within the city of San Diego are allowed to return

    8:15 p.m. All evacuations are lifted in the Bernardo Fire

    Wednesday, May 14:

    9:45 a.m. Tomahawk Fire moves from Naval Weapons Station, Fallbrook to Camp Pendleton

    10:30 a.m. Poinsettia Fire sparks off Poinsettia Ln & Alicante Rd in Carlsbad

    12:00 p.m. Southern Carlsbad residents are ordered to evacuate

    12:12 p.m. San Luis Rey Riverbed Fire sparks at North River Road and College Blvd., Oceanside

    12:30 p.m. County Emergency Operations Center is activated in response to multiple fires

    1 p.m. Highway Fire sparks off Old Hwy 395 and I-15 in the Deer Springs area

    1:10 p.m. Fire reported at Grand and Bear Valley Parkway

    As of 1:30 p.m., approximately 15,000 evacuation notifications have been sent in Carlsbad

    1:31 p.m. San Marcos officials advise residents the fires in Carlsbad and Camp Pendleton aren’t a threat

    1:44 p.m. Camp Pendleton evacuates De Luz Child Development Center and O’Neill Heights Housing

    2:14 p.m. San Diego County declares a local emergency

    2:20 p.m. Evacuations are ordered for Bonsall, Old Hwy 395 and Dulin Road

    2:39 p.m. Fire burning in Escondido is out.

    4 p.m. Cocos Fire starts near Village Drive and Twin Oaks Road, San Marcos

    4:04 p.m. San Marcos begins to evacuate North San Elijo Hills, Discovery Hills, Discovery Meadows, Coronado Hills

    4:06 p.m. Cal State University San Marcos students are evacuating, some by car and others by bus

    4:08 p.m. Interstate 15 is closed in both directions at Highway 76 due to San Marcos fire

    4:28 p.m. City of Carlsbad reports they have issued mandatory evacuations in several neighborhoods East of Aviara Parkway

    4:35 p.m. All neighborhoods south of San Marcos Blvd. are evacuated.

    4:55 p.m. SD’s fire air and ground resources released from Bernardo Fire to help in other fires

    5:10 p.m. Fire is reported in Scripps Ranch at Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Canyon Lake Drive. Homes are evacuated.

    5:29 p.m. By now, schools in at least 20 local districts have announced they will be closed Thursday.

    5:43 p.m. Freeway Fire sparks at Naval Weapons Station, Fallbrook

    6 p.m. Fire controlled at Palm Street exit off I-805 in National City

    6:02 p.m. Wildfire sparks in Lakeside near Aurora Drive and Interstate 8 Business. Nearby residents told to evacuate.

    6:28 p.m. Fire in Scripps Ranch is knocked down

    6:30 p.m. DC-10 Super Tanker arrives, drops fire retardant on NBC 7 News crew in San Marcos

    6:45 p.m. Wintergardens area residents must leave due to wildfire burning near Aurora Drive & Interstate 8 in Lakeside

    6:47 p.m. Escondido Fire Dept. warns residents to call 911 only if they see flames, reminds them the “smell of smoke” may be from San Marcos fire.

    7:35 p.m. Residents evacuated by threat of fire in Lakeside are allowed to return home

    7:45 p.m. Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency for San Diego County

    8:15 p.m. Residents evacuated by threat of fire in Bonsall are allowed to return home

    8:33 p.m. County officials announce that nine fires burned in San Diego County in one day, burning more than 9,000 acres

    8:41 p.m. Cal Fire says their biggest concern is the fire burning in San Marcos

    9:05 p.m. Evacuation order for O’Neill Housing Unit in Tomahawk Fire is lifted

    9:50 p.m. Six hundred new mandatory evacuation notices are ordered in Elfin Forest, Indian Ridge Rd, Crestwind Rd, Wilgen Dr & Bresa De Loma Drive areas in San Marcos Fire

    10:15 p.m. Carlsbad residents in the southern portion of evacuation area are allowed to return. Those near area east of El Camino Real, south of Alga Road.

    10:40 p.m. More Carlsbad residents are allowed to return

    Thursday, May 15:

    9 a.m. #PrayforSanDiego was trending on Twitter

    11:14 a.m. City of Carlsbad establishes a tip line for information in the investigation of the Poinsettia Fire

    11:55 a.m. Evacuation is lifted for west side of Via Vera Cruz/neighborhoods of Lake San Marcos

    1:45 p.m. Poinsettia Fire renamed San Diego Complex

     

    1:49 p.m. Mandatory evacuations are ordered for Escondido residents living near West Valley Pkwy between Via Rancho Pkwy & Highway 78

    1:51 p.m. Palomar Medical Center West will shelter in place due to Cocos Fire

    1:58 p.m. Sheriff Bill Gore asks public to come forward with any information regarding the cause of the fires

    2:40 p.m. De Luz Housing evacuation is lifted in the Tomahawk Fire

    3:15 p.m. Las Pulgas Fire sparks off Interstate 5 at Las Pulgas Rd, north of Oceanside

     

    4 p.m. Rangers are closing the trails around Lake Hodges, Del Dios Gorge, and San Pasqual Valley.

    4:08 p.m. Palomar Hospital reroutes trauma patients

    5:16 p.m. Small vegetation fire breaks out at 45th and Mayberry

    6 p.m. Carlsbad police report finding one body in ashes of Poinsettia Fire

    6:43 p.m. Evacuations in Carlsbad are all lifted. “Everyone can go home,” city Tweet says.

    6:53 p.m. Residents in Fallbrook are allowed back in their homes


    Friday, May 16:

    9:20 a.m. Evacuation for Lake San Marcos is lifted

    10 a.m. Open flame ban called for in all county parks

    11:24 a.m. Combat Fire starts in the Talega area of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

    1:05 p.m. Cause of Bernardo Fire determined to be accidental – a spark from backhoe at construction site

    1:34 p.m. Chair of County Board of Supervisors Dianne Jacob says county has had 11 fires with 20,000 acres burned

    3:16 p.m. New evacuations are announced on Camp Pendleton - 62 area, San Onofre Housing area and School of Infantry west

    4:47 p.m. Some areas of San Marcos are opened for evacuated residents to return home


    Saturday, May 17:

    8 a.m. Acreage burned in San Diego Complex corrected to 600 acres

    10:29 a.m. City of San Marcos asks residents to send them photos of the Cocos Fire taken in the first hour

    6:21 p.m. Evacuations for San Marcos Cocos Fire area are lifted except for Coronado Hills community

     Times listed are based on social media posts made by @nbcsandiego, @readysandiego, @carlsbadcagov , @escondidopolice, @escondidofdnews, @CalFireSanDiego, and @sdsheriff.