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Phoenix woman's family evacuated because of San Diego wildfire

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - There are six wildfires burning North of San Diego and Escondido.

Two of them are burning near Camp Pendelton, and one is burning just off the coast near Carlsbad right next to the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant which has been offline for two years because of a previous fire.

That fire is doing the most damage Wednesday. It's destroyed dozens of homes and even forced the closure of Lego-Land, a popular theme park in that area because of a power outage. The city schools have also been closed at least until next week.

The fire burning North of Carlsbad is near Camp Pendleton, one of the U.S. Marine Corps biggest and busiest bases. And two more wildfires started Wednesday afternoon East of the base.

Officials do not know how these fires started, but they are being treated as suspicious.

Many people living in the valley are watching closely because they have loved ones living in the fire zone.

Some were visiting, and their vacation plans have changed.

County officials are calling the wildfires a local emergency. Those fires have already threatened hundreds of homes, and some have been damaged or destroyed.

One Phoenix woman is visiting her family in San Diego says some of her relatives have already been forced to leave their homes.

Fast moving flames have forced thousands of San Diego County residents from their homes. Mandy Weller is visiting her sister Tiffany Wenner there.

It's no longer a vacation; she's helping her sister pack up and evacuate.

"My nephews have been evacuated; they live in San Marcos, it's by their house, you can see flames from their house they had to go," said Weller.

Now at least a dozen structures are damaged as the fires tear through cities including Escondido, Oceanside, and Camp Pendleton.

Schools were evacuated; Lego Land was shut-down, and area freeways were closed.

"Now there's more fires an hour, you know we have wild fires going right now, and it's really scary and it's really uneasy, you really don't know what to do and the best thing you can do is have an emergency plan, a safety spot, and have things prepared," said Wenner.

Dry brush fueling the flames, strong winds fanning the blaze, and knocking out power for thousands of homes.

"It knocked down power; it knocked down everything; all our food has been destroyed, and we are trying to make ends meet here," she said.

Weller and her sister are gathering belongings and preparing for the worst.

"We need all the resources we can take right now, there's a lot of families that don't even have homes, even simple gift cards to grocery stories, just the necessities of life," she said.

County officials are asking California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency that would free up more resources to fight the multiple fires in San Diego County.
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