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

(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."

A firefighter puts water on a house fence during a wildfire  in Carlsbad, Calif.
A firefighter puts water on a house fence during a wildfire in Carlsbad, Calif.   (AP Photo)
Wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes  in Carlsbad, Calif.
Wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes in Carlsbad, Calif.   (AP Photo)
A helicopter flies over burning vegetation as it nears homes   in Carlsbad, Calif.
A helicopter flies over burning vegetation as it nears homes in Carlsbad, Calif.   (AP Photo)
A plane drops fire retardant over a hot spot on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.
A plane drops fire retardant over a hot spot on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.   (AP Photo)
A shed burns by a wildfire on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.
A shed burns by a wildfire on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.   (AP Photo)
A firefighter puts out a small spot fire on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.
A firefighter puts out a small spot fire on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.   (AP Photo)
A wildfire burns near a home on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.
A wildfire burns near a home on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.   (AP Photo)
A Del Mar firefighter rolls up hose after a day fighting wildfires Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif.
A Del Mar firefighter rolls up hose after a day fighting wildfires Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif.   (AP Photo)
Scott Dennis sprays water around his home as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.
Scott Dennis sprays water around his home as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif.   (AP Photo)
Travis Lowell takes a picture as smoke from wildfires rises in Carlsbad, Calif.
Travis Lowell takes a picture as smoke from wildfires rises in Carlsbad, Calif.   (AP Photo)
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