More than 40 homes destroyed in San Diego fires; most in San Marcos, Carlsbad

Greg Saska moves a vase that he brought back from Italy with his foot as he stands outside his home that was destroyed by wildfire Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif. Nine fires in all were burning an area of more than 14 square miles (36 square kilometers) amid a heat wave and dry conditions, said San Diego County officials, who warned also of poor air quality with black and gray smoke wafting over the region. The wildfires drove tens of thousands from their homes and shut down schools and amusement parks, including Legoland.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Greg Saska moves a vase that he brought back from Italy with his foot as he stands outside his home that was destroyed by wildfire Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif. Nine fires in all were burning an area of more than 14 square miles (36 square kilometers) amid a heat wave and dry conditions, said San Diego County officials, who warned also of poor air quality with black and gray smoke wafting over the region. The wildfires drove tens of thousands from their homes and shut down schools and amusement parks, including Legoland. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say at least 47 homes were destroyed during last week’s outbreak of nearly a dozen wildfires in San Diego County.

California fire officials say at least 39 homes in the suburb of San Marcos were destroyed.

Another eight houses were destroyed in the neighboring suburb of Carlsbad. Both suburbs are 30 miles north of the city of San Diego.

Authorities are still assessing the damages from the wildfires but so far losses have reached more than $20 million.

The San Marcos fire is the last of four remaining blazes still burning — including three at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

State fire officials say the San Marcos fire was 85 percent contained Sunday morning.

Firefighters have been helped by the weekend’s cooler temperatures and calmer winds.

 

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