Horses killed, barns destroyed as fire sweeps through San Luis Rey Downs

I Found a Little Kitty: Cat Rescued During Thomas Fire in Ventura

A fast-moving wildfire broke out in San Diego County Thursday, quickly consuming 2,500 acres, officials said.

Firefighters were dealing mainly with the Thomas Fire, the largest of the four, which started on Monday at 50 acres and swelled to 96,000 acres as of 10 a.m. Thursday.

Images of mansions and homes in flames shared on social media prompted fears of a similar level of destruction in San Diego County where extreme weather conditions came in the color purple. "This is that worst-case scenario that we prepare for but hope doesn't happen".

Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said officials found the body of a woman near the site of a vehicle crash within the Thomas Fire area, though her cause of death was unclear.

Santa Anita officials sent vans to San Luis Rey Downs to aid in the evacuation, but there was concern the vans would not be able to reach the facility, according to Jim Cassidy, the president of the California Thoroughbred Trainers association.

The following area was under a mandatory evacuation order: North of Pala Road, south of Reche Road, west of the 15 Freeway and east of Green Canyon Rd. and West Mission Road.

Residents and fire officials were still bracing for more fire.

The fire threatening the training center started early Thursday afternoon near Interstate 15 where it intersects with California Highway 76.

In a twitter post, the San Diego Public Affairs Bureau said Cal Fire was working with local military operations to secure helicopters to aid in fighting the fire. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the county, in addition to Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where other massive brush fires were burning. The highway is within a few hundred yards of the training center.

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