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Multiple Fires Prompt Evacuations In San Diego-Area Neighborhoods



(AP) -- Hundreds of new evacuation orders have been issued in the Southern California city of San Marcos where a wildfire continues to burn out of control.

San Diego County officials said Thursday that the blaze had chewed through 700 acres and hundreds of notices were sent out to residents.

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The fire is one of nine fires that broke out in San Diego on Wednesday amid a heat wave and gusty winds.

Officials say one of the most-damaging blazes so far in neighboring Carlsbad was 60 percent contained and evacuation orders were being lifted there.

Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall says the fire burned 400 acres and destroyed a 18-unit condominium complex and four single-family homes.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the county. According to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the state was also able to secure a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This allows:

"Local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire at the request of incident commanders to apply for a 75-percent reimbursement of costs related to mobilization, demobilization, travel and labor.  Equipment and supply use, administrative activities and other fire-related costs are also eligible for reimbursement."


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