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    Posted May 16, 2014 by
    92069, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    California wildfires

    KSilvas and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Southern California wildfires

    'Fires breaking out simultaneously'


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KSilvas lives just outside the evacuation zone in San Marcos, California, where he photographed wildfires burning around the area. He says he was standing on top of a hill behind Palomar College when he captured these images. He says much of the wildfires near San Marcos are still burning and causing problems like poor air quality. Despite being miles away from the wildfires, his son's little league game was canceled because of the smoke from the fires. 'The first day of the fire there was a bit a chaos as everyone tried to wrap their heads around all the fires breaking out simultaneously,' he said. But he says the community is really coming together and supporting one another. 'Even though we haven't been evacuated, we've had several offers from friends and family should the need arise,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Cocos Fire:  I reside in San Marcos, Ca just outside of the evacuation zone for the so named Cocos fire. I decided to hike up early this morning to a vantage point where I could assess the damage and ongoing flames. In the aeriaI I was on a hilltop just behind Palomar College in San Marcos looking south.  I observed the fire for a couple of hours watching the fire and hotspots spread to the north and northwest behind Cal State San Marcos.  The fire was spreading in multiple directions making containment challenging.  I then drove around the city observing the carnage from various perspectives. I attempted to get close to the fire line, however access was limited.  I must give kuddos to local law enforcement for overseeing the evacuated neighborhoods.  I was able to reach a location where I could observe air drops of fire retardent.  Concerned homeowners looked on helplessly as they hoped their home be spared.  By 10:30 a.m. the temperature was already 103, the fire had just flared up and the city braced for another grueling battle with nature.   The winds shifted in the afternoon sending the blaze in an eastern direction cuasing evacuations around the west Escondido perimeter.  I am just outside the evacuation zone while several friends and family are currently evacuated as they anxiously await the approval to return to their homes.  The fires have shown just how tight of a community all of San Diego county really is.  Social media is providing an outlet for those who are stranded to obtain much needed medicine and help transporting animals and the like.  There is smoke regardless of which direction you look due to 9 fires that have occurred in a 2 day period in San Diego county. Fire season doesn't start until September/October.  It's frightening to think of this as a dress rehearsal.  Prayers and support go out to those affected and to the brave fire fighters who are doing their best to mitigate structure loss. If you are told to evacuate, please do so. Check with Cal Fire for the latest updates: http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current

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