Creek Fire: Evacuations ordered as fire grows to 300 acres, Evacuation Issued for Creek Fire Burning in North County

Creek Fire: Evacuations ordered as fire grows to 300 acres, Evacuation Issued for Creek Fire Burning in North County


SAN DIEGO — Evacuation orders are in effect for areas of Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton as firefighters work to contain a wildfire that has grown to 300 acres.

Firefighters are battling a large blaze in the Fallbrook area and Camp Pendleton.

The fire, dubbed the Creek Fire has burned at least 100 acres in the Northwest portion of Fallbrook and has started to burn into the vegetation on east Camp Pendleton.

The order was issued for homes along De Luz Road in and north of Fallbrook. San Diego Sheriff’s deputies were going door-to-door warning residents about the fire along Patton Oaks Road, Shady Lane, Darla Lane and a portion of Main Avenue.

Evacuation orders were also in effect for De Luz Housing and Lake O’Neill campground on Camp Pendleton. 

The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was said to be pushing west-southwest of De Luz Road and moving further onto Camp Pendleton toward Ammunition Road.

A road closure is in effect on De Luz Road at Sandia Creek and more resources were moving onto Camp Pendleton.

North County Fire Department and officials with Camp Pendleton and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department have begun issuing evacuations in areas surrounding the fire.

Homes along De Luz Road in Fallbrook as well as the DeLuz Housing Complex and the Lake O'Neill Campground on Camp Pendleton all fall in the area under mandatory evacuation.

Deputies from the San Diego Sheriff's Department are also making door to door notifications to warn residents living along Patton Oaks Rd, Shady Lane, Darla Lane and a portion of Main Ave.

The sheriff's department advised the temporary evacuation point for residents is Fallbrook High School which is located at 2400 Stage Coach Lane in Fallbrook.

The fire began just after 11:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening about two miles west of Sandia Creek Drive on De Luz Road in Fallbrook, and has burned 50-100 acres, authorities told NBC 7.

A San Diego sheriff's lieutenant said a little after midnight that an evacuation warning was being issued for the residents of Shady Lane.

The wind-driven fire was burning at a rapid rate of spread and had moved into nearby Camp Pendleton, officials told reporter 7. No structures were threatened.

A temporary evacuation point has been established at Fallbrook High School at 2400 Stage Coach Lane.

Areas of the county are under a red flag warning and power is out for 3,800 SDG&E customers because of Santa Ana winds.

Cal Fire is warning people who live in the area to stay alert, check for updates and if you feel threatened, evacuate early.

Crews from the North County Fire Protection District, Cal Fire and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department are all fighting the fire.

Fire conditions were high all day Wednesday after a red flag warning began at 8 a.m. While the Santa Anas that were blowing were not especially hot, the low humidity and high winds recorded around the county were a concern for officials.

Power was shut off Tuesday in five communities after low humidity and increased Santa Ana winds triggered a red flag warning Wednesday.

SDG&E warned 31,000 inland valley and mountain residents on Tuesday about the possibility of possible power shutoffs.

So, far, the utility has cut power to 1,176 customers in Alpine, Campo, Descanso, El Cajon and Valley Center.

Earlier estimates from officials were that the brusher had charred 300 acres, but that figure was walked back once aircraft were able to get a better estimate on its size. 

If you need emergency assistance with evacuation, call 911. If you need more information, visit www.sdcountyemergency.com or call the San Diego Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at 858-565-5200.