It's 'Like Armageddon' in San Diego County
A state of emergency has been declared over 9 wildfires
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2014 3:09 AM CDT
A firefighter puts water on a house fence during a wildfire in Carlsbad, Calif.    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A state of emergency has been declared in San Diego County after nine wildfires scorched at least 14 square miles, with more dry winds and soaring temperatures due today. Gov. Jerry Brown issued the emergency order after the series of fires broke out yesterday, forcing thousands to flee their homes, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Schools and amusement parks including Legoland were forced to close as fires raged around the coastal city of Carlsbad, destroying a condo complex and damaging multiple homes, reports the AP.

Military housing near Camp Pendleton was also evacuated. "It’s like a scene from Armageddon," one homeowner in the area told the Los Angeles Times as smoke blotted out the sun. Drought conditions have created a very high fire risk throughout much of California, and Carlsbad's fire chief says this is the first time in his 27-year career he has seen blazes like this so early in the year. "This is May, this is unbelievable. This is something we should see in October," he says. "I haven't seen it this hot, this dry, this long in May."

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May 15, 2014 11:05 AM CDT
If we address climate change "it'll destroy the economy". The great southwest drought isn't costing a penny. Or is it? I retired to my sunshine region to enjoy the climate. For the past few years we're hit with constant, heavy gale force winds all day long, starting around late spring. Forget about lying around the pool. It's unpleasant to even step outside.
May 15, 2014 9:07 AM CDT
Now where did I leave that bag of marshmallows?
May 15, 2014 7:21 AM CDT
"Hot semi-arid climates (type "BSh") tend to be located in the tropics and subtropics. These climates tend to have hot, sometimes extremely hot, summers and mild to warm winters. Snow rarely (if ever) falls in these regions. Hot semi-arid climates are most commonly found around the fringes of subtropical deserts. The most common variant of a hot semi-arid climate, found in regions such as West Africa, India, parts of Mexico, parts of Southern California..." This comes from living in a near desert environment. Do they really expect that it is going to be without inherent dangers? I live in Indiana, we have tornadoes in the spring and summer, that's part of the hazards of living here. I lived in the high desert of Colorado a few years ago and witnessed the wildfires that seemed to surround us at times, but that is one of the hazards of living in a dry climate. Many of us, find that dependent on where you live, you're faced with natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, drought, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, and the list goes on) - that's life.