San Diego-area tourism officials say hotels and attractions are up and running Thursday despite the ring of wildfires from Carlsbad to San Marcos that scorched more than 9,000 acres in San Diego County and prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency.
"Today traffic is good, flowing freely, and all our hotels are open," says Frankie Laney of Visit Carlsbad. The beach city's downtown area has been largely unaffected by the Poinsettia fire that torched four homes and an apartment building. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, it's 60% contained.
Firefighters are now trying to save homes from the Cocos fire in San Marcos, about 35 miles north of San Diego.
"As of right now, we are completely resuming normal operations," spokeswoman Julie Estrada said. "We're staying in close contact with local officials in case the situation changes." This weekend the park is going ahead with a First Lego League championship weekend that draws contestants from around the country.
Legoland evacuated the park 12:45 p.m. Wednesday because of power outages in the area, not because of any fire danger, Estrada said. She advises visitors to keep an eye on the park's Facebook page and website for updates.
The San Diego Tourism Authority advises visitors to check its website for updates on the fires. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, it said that the "impact on visitors to San Diego is minimal. All of the region's attractions, beaches and tourist offerings are open for business."
Though beaches remain open, some inland parks such as Del Dios Highland Preserve in Escondido and Goodnan Ranch Preserve in Poway are shut. For a full list of park closures, go to County of San Diego Park News & Updates.
Other online sources to check for fire updates if you're heading toward the San Diego area:
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