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Carlsbad brush fire forces evacuations, causes little damage


Last updated 1/20/2021 at 6:58pm

CARLSBAD (CNS) - A brush fire spread through a canyon in a residential neighborhood near Agua Hedionda Lagoon Wednesday amid gusty Santa Ana winds, forcing evacuations of hundreds of people but causing only minimal structural damage and no reported injuries.

The blaze erupted for unknown reasons off Park and Sunnyhill drives in Carlsbad about 2:30 p.m., according to city officials.

The flames spread rapidly up hillsides topped by residences as ground crews and personnel aboard firefighting aircraft scrambled to subdue the fire.

Police cleared residents out of 200 to 250 houses on various streets near Capri Park, including Coastline Avenue, Seabluff Circle, and Marina, Park and Sunnyhill drives, authorities said. The evacuees were asked to go to The Shoppes at Carlsbad mall on El Camino Real to await clearance to return to their neighborhoods.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to halt the spread of the flames, which charred roughly 1 1/2 acres and damaged some decks outside homes, city officials reported.


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