San Diego County Declares Fire Emergency

Southern California firefighters were fighting five wildfires Wednesday in and around San Diego, prompting at least 23,000 evacuation notices to residents, businesses, schools and parts of a Marine Corps installation, reports CNN.

San Diego County proclaimed a local emergency Wednesday afternoon due to “at least five wildland fires burning,” the county said. At least 20 structures were destroyed. The emergency allows the county to more easily access state and federal resources.

Statewide drought, hot, dry Santa Ana winds, low humidity and 90-degree-plus temperatures conspired to quintuple the number of wildfires Wednesday, which began with 350 firefighters fighting a 1,500-acre wildfire in San Diego.

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