San Diego Wildfire
A firefighter battles the fire near San Diego on May 13, 2014. Sandy Huffaker—Reuters

20,000 Homes Evacuated as Wildfires Burn Near San Diego

May 14, 2014
San Diego Wild Fire
Flames surround a large Coronado Hills neighborhood hill-top home that started to catch fire near Cal State San Marcos as crews battle a large wildfire threatening homes on May 14, 2014 in San Diego.Allen J. Schaben—Los Angeles Times/Polaris
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Unseasonably warm temperatures and boisterous winds triggered evacuation orders in San Diego on Tuesday, where more than 700 acres have been torched by wildfires.

Authorities called for the evacuation of more than 20,000 homes in and around San Diego earlier in the day, but officials allowed many to return to their homes on Tuesday night as temperatures dropped in the area.

"We believe we have a pretty good handle on it," said San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar. "We hope to do some more work through the night and into tomorrow, but I think the largest part of the emergency has passed."

An extended period of drought in tandem with unusually high temperatures has left large swaths of the state’s landscape ripe for burning.

“Fire season last year never really ended in Southern California,” Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the Associated Press.

California officials have responded to more than 1,350 fires since the beginning of January, which is double the average number of blazes at this time of year.

[AP]

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