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Fires continue in San Diego County, California
Date:5/16/2014

Seven fires are still burning in San Diego County, California. Arson is suspected as the origin of these fires. Two teens have been arrested on suspicion of setting the fire that spread so ferociously across the county. All of California is experiencing exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions. The wildfire area is in the second-most dangerous category--extreme drought conditions. California's governor has cited climate change as a factor in the fires, noting the last three years have been the driest in recorded history. Wildfire season used to start in late summer and extend into the fall, now it appears that threat continues year round due to the conditions that California is currently facing.

CNN reports the following for each of the fires in this grouping:

The Cocos Fire in San Marcos - 1,200 acres have burned with 10% of the fire currently contained. The fire is still very active.

The Tomahawk Fire at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton - 6,300 acres are burned with 15% of the fire contained. A Camp Pendleton firefighter was being treated Thursday for heat exhaustion.

Las Pulgas Fire at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton - 8,000 acres are burned with 5% of the fire contained. Camp Las Pulgas and Camp Margarita were ordered to evacuate.

The Bernardo Fire in San Diego - 1,548 acres burned with 90% of the fire being contained. Authorities believe the blaze will be fully contained today.

The Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad - 400 acres burned with 85% of the fire being contained. One person perished in the fire and was found on Thursday afternoon (reports from San Diego Channel 10)

The Miguelito Fire in Santa Barbara County - 632 acres burned with 95% of the fire being contained.

Highway Fire - Bonsall: The Highway Fire erupted at about noon Wednesday and has burned about 380 acres with 100 percent containment achieved Thursday evening. (Information on this fire from News Chann
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Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
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