AP: SAN DIEGO – A wildfire roaring through Southern California forced evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes on Tuesday, but so far only one mobile home burned as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to the parched state.
San Diego's Emergency Operations Center says most of the homes are in the city and northern San Diego County.
The 700-acre blaze erupted Tuesday morning, fueled by canyons full of brush and pushed by hot, dry winds. At least two high schools and one elementary school also were evacuated, police Detective Gary Hassen said.
Another fire destroyed a mobile home and prompted the evacuation of five homes in the rural town of Campo in southern San Diego County before it was largely surrounded, state fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said.
North of Los Angeles, a wildfire erupted Tuesday afternoon in Santa Barbara County was quickly wind-whipped to 150 acres and it threatened 150 to 200 homes in the town of Lompoc, authorities said. Evacuations were ordered.