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Fast-moving Lilac Fire leaves destruction in wake


Last updated 8/10/2018 at 9:46am

Shane Gibson

North County firefighters work at battling flames behind the movie theater at River Village Plaza during the Lilac Fire in Bonsall Dec. 7.

The Lilac Fire, which started late morning Dec. 7 as small brush fire on the side of Southbound I-15 just south of Highway 76 and quickly turned into a firestorm that would scorch 4,100 acres, left more than 100 families in Fallbrook and Bonsall homeless and with lives turned upside down.

Fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds, the fire spread so quickly many people left their homes with only the clothes they were wearing. The fire left the Rancho Monserate Country Club, where more than 60 manufactured homes burned, looking like a war zone.

"Some people's past has probably been burned up because...

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