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Brush fires break out and spread in northern San Diego County
Brush fires break out and spread in northern San Diego County

Brush fires broke out Wednesday in more than half a dozen spots in northern San Diego County and spread at a dangerous pace as hot, dry, erratic winds, backed by record temperatures, raked Southern California for a second day. Elsewhere, crews battled flames in Lompoc, Santa Paula, North Hills, Long Beach and Anaheim. The San Diego fires forced evacuations of schools, businesses, homes, a mobile-home park and Cal State San Marcos, along with causing massive traffic jams and stretching firefighting resources almost to the breaking point. The most destructive of the blazes was the Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad, which burned several hundred acres, hopscotching between pricey neighborhoods...

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