Last Updated: Monday, Dec. 11 at 8 am
Unless conditions change, there will be no additional updates.
Fire (Lilac Fire) is currently burning to the north of San Marcos, along the Highway 76 corridor, west of Interstate 15 and has reached 85% containment. There is no fire danger or other emergencies in the City of San Marcos.
For the latest Lilac Fire information, the city recommends checking the following official sources:
- San Diego County Emergency Site: http://www.sdcountyemergency.com
- CAL FIRE: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
Now is the time to review your family emergency plan, prepare a supply kit, and inventory home items such as important documents and medications so that you are ready to go if you feel unsafe or are told to leave by a public safety official.
Residents should register all of your family's cell phones with AlertSanDiego so that you will all be notified of an emergency affecting your neighborhood. This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. You can also download the SDEmergency App; make sure to allow app push notifications on your mobile phone.
Lilac Fire FAQs
How is San Diego County helping those affected by the fires?
The County of San Diego is helping residents begin the rebuilding and recovery process by opening Local Assistance Centers be on Monday, Dec. 11; damage assessments are expected to being as early as Friday, Dec. 8. According to the County, a Local Assistance Center will be open Monday, Dec. 11 at its Vista branch library, 700 Eucalyptus Avenue in Vista, to support fire survivors navigate the recovery and rebuilding process. Hours of operation will be posted when available. For more information and updates, visit San Diego County’s Recovery Site at www.sdcountyrecovery.com.
Are there any school closures in place?
Out of consideration for students and faculty who may have been affected by neighboring fires, Cal State San Marcos, Palomar College and San Marcos Unified School District closes offices and schools from Friday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 10. School resumed as regularly scheduled for all sites on Monday, Dec. 11.
How can I volunteer, donate, or help?
The city appreciates residents’ willingness to help those in need. There are several ways you can help:
- San Diego County 2-1-1 is in need of volunteers to help in its call center. To sign up to volunteer, you can call (858) 300-1269.
- The San Diego/Imperial County Red Cross said the best way to help their organization is through monetary donations.You can donate at www.redcross.org/local/california/san-diego.
- The San Diego County Humane Society said they are not in need of volunteers at this time, but those wishing to help can donate pet supplies and food by going to their Amazon wish list at sdhumane.org/who-we-are/shop/amazon-wish-list.
-The San Diego Foundation is accepting donations to assist in the recovery of wildfires. Donors can text “SDRECOVER” to 50155 or make a donation online at sdfoundation.org/disasterfund. A list of additional organizations is available through San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SDVOAD) at sdvoad.org.
How can I protect myself from smoke?
If you smell smoke it is likely that it’s at a level that is unsafe to breathe. In areas where you smell smoke, it is advised that you limit physical activity, and if possible, stay indoors to limit your exposure.
If you are bothered by smoke or sensitive to it you should move out of it until it clears up. You can shelter inside, but if it gets smoky inside, leaving is the best idea. Keep indoor air as clean as possible. Windows and doors should be closed unless it is extremely hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.
For more information, visit www.readysandiego.org.
I heard there is a shelter open in San Marcos. Should I be concerned?Because there is no current fire danger in San Marcos, a shelter was opened at Palomar College to assist people in neighboring communities affected by the Lilac Fire. With the fires 85% contained and evacuation orders lifted, all shelters have been closed.
When should I evacuate?
You should evacuate if an order is issued by a public safety official or if you feel your safety is at risk. Take pets and pet food with you. In the event of an emergency, information about shelters and where to take animals will be provided. Since there may be smoke in the area, you should keep windows closed and remain indoors.
What can I do to prepare?Besides registering your cell phone with Alert San Diego, review your family emergency plan, prepare a supply kit, and inventory home items such as important documents and medications so that you would want to take with you so you are ready to go if told to do so by a public safety official.
How can I stay informed?
Residents should register all of their family's cell phones with AlertSanDiego at www.readysandiego.org so that you will all be notified of an emergency affecting your neighborhood. This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. You can also download the SDEmergency App on your phone.During an emergency, residents should also stay updated on the latest local safety information by visiting the city’s website, following San Marcos @sanmarcoscity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; registering for e-notifications; and turning radios to AM 1610.
Information on the Lilac Fire, including regional road closures and other important updates is also being posted on the San Diego County Emergency Site at www.sdcountyemergency.com. Residents are encouraged to follow CAL FIRE San Diego on Twitter. For non-emergency information, call 2-1-1.
What is the current status of the fire?
As of Monday, Dec. 11, the Lilac Fire has been reported by CAL FIRE as 85% contained. There are no current threats to San Marcos. For information updates visit the San Diego County Emergency Site or follow CALFIRE San Diego on Facebook and Twitter for updates.Follow CALFIRE San Diego on Facebook and Twitter for updates. For non-emergency information, call 2-1-1.