Deputies Find Box of Kittens in Rubble After Lilac Fire

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A fast-moving brush fire near Bonsall has charred 150 acres, destroyed two buildings and damaged 12 others and prompted mandatory evacuations in the area.

The Lilac Fire broke out near Old Highway 395 and Dulin Road in Bonsall at around 11 a.m. Thursday.

New evacuation orders: South of Renche Rd., West of I-15 Freeway, East of Green Canyon Rd.

Dozens of houses were burned as the fire spread through the tightly packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook.

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Three civilians suffered burn injuries before they were able to evacuate from the rapidly spreading fire. At least two dozen horses were killed when the fire raced through the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, where almost 500 horses are stabled. A board statement says almost 500 horses were stabled at the center when the fire ripped through.

"These people could have been running for their lives", said DeSousa. People with horses and livestock were advised to take their animals to shelter at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Los Alamitos Race Course canceled its Friday racing program out of sympathy for the owners, trainers and caretakers of the horses that were involved.

So far 141 000 acres (57 060 ha) have been destroyed in the six large wildfires that have been burning in the state this week, according to California Fire Department's Twitter account. Thousands of customers still appeared to be without power Friday morning, according to SDG&E's website.

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Region south of Burma Road, east of Wilshire Road, north of North River Road and west of South Mission Avenue.

Authorities set up evacuation centers for the displaced at Bostonia Recreation Center in El Cajon, Carlsbad Forum in Carlsbad, East Valley Community Center in Escondido and at Oceanside and Fallbrook high schools.

As of 7 a.m. Saturday, the fire was 20 percent contained, according to Cal Fire, the state agency coordinating the fire fight.

On Friday, evacuation orders were replaced with evacuation warnings for many areas.

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About 70 sheriff's deputies were working in the fire-ravaged area, handling road closures and providing security for evacuated homes.

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