Lilac Fire Status and More - Fire Readiness Info

December 7, 2017



Lilac Fire update, 12/11 at 7am:

The Lilac Fire began 12/7 at 11:15am at Interstate 15 and Highway 76.  Current acreage is 4,100 with 80% containment.  Full containment expected 12/21/17.  151 structures destroyed, 56 damaged.  Mandatory evacuation order has been lifted, and residents may return to their homes. CAL FIRE and San Diego County Fire continue damage assesments and inspections.

Read the current incident report here.



Are you prepared if wild fire should strike near your home?  Do you know what to take if you're evacuated and where you would go in an emergency?  Are you prepared to evacuate pets?

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“During this critical fire weather, we are asking residents to be alert and take extra precautions to avoid inadvertently sparking a wildfire,” said Kendal Bortisser, public information officer for San Diego County Fire and CAL FIRE.

These activities are often restricted or at least strongly discouraged:

  • Never mow or trim dry grass during a red flag warning because a power tool could spark on a rock and start a grass fire. It is not recommended even on windy, dry, hot days.
  • No wood or charcoal camp fires in forests during periods of high fire danger. Restrictions such as this one are often communicated on the Cleveland National Forest page.
  • Be careful with discarding smoking material. Note, smoking may be prohibited in forests during periods of high fire danger.
  • Don’t pull your vehicle over in grass as it can spark a grass fire. If necessary, pull over on paved roads.
  • Use spark arrestors on portable gasoline powered equipment to avoid an accidental fire.
  • Properly maintain vehicles to prevent starting fires along roads due to sparks or flammable materials being spit out from the catalytic converter system.
  • Ensure trailer chains don’t drag on the ground and spark.
  • Shooting of firearms is unsafe during periods of high fire hazards in County areas.
  • Use extreme caution with welding or blowtorch projects. Again, this activity may be restricted in forest areas during elevated fire conditions.
  • Burning plant cuttings on high fire danger days is unsafe. To learn if it is a “No Burn Day,” visit CAL FIRE.