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Fires prompt new evacuation orders in California

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 00:42

May 14 - Fires are spreading in Carlsbad, California, where 11,000 homes and businesses have received evacuation orders. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) More than 11,000 homes and businesses were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday and power was cut off to many residents as a wind-lashed wildfire roared out of control in San Diego County, authorities said. The so-called Poinsettia Fire, which erupted shortly before 11 a.m. in the seaside California community of Carlsbad, some 25 miles north of San Diego, quickly became a top priority for crews battling flames across the region. Some 11,627 homes and businesses in the Carlsbad area received the directive to evacuate ahead of the flames, San Diego County said on its emergency services web page. Emergency shelters were set up at area schools and community centers. Local television images showed what appeared to be a number of homes burning, and San Diego Gas and Electric reported that an estimated 2,000 residents in and around Carlsbad were without power.

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Fires prompt new evacuation orders in California

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 00:42