Carlsbad, California - As of 10:40pm evacuation orders have been lifted and residents may return to the following areas in Carlsbad:

Area east of El Camino Real, south of Alga Road. Recommended route is westbound on Alga from Melrose or northbound on El Camino Real from La Costa

Aviara Parkway from Poinsettia to Ambrosia.  Recommended route is from the west, traveling eastbound on Poinsettia to Aviara Parkway.

Area south of Aviara Parkway

Following streets North of Aviara Parkway

Blackrail

Nightshade

Tohee

Cormorant

Baccharis

All hotels on Palomar Airport Road near the airport are open

UPDATE 5/14/14, 10:15 p.m.

The City of Carlsbad announces that the evacuation order has been lifted for the following areas in southern Carlsbad:

  • Area east of El Camino Real, south of Alga Road

Residents will receive a message via the Alert San Diego reverse 9-1-1 system notifying them of the evacuation order being lifted for this area.  Check the city website, www.carlsbadca.gov for evacuation updates.

The  Westfield Plaza Camino Real temporary evacuation point is being closed. Those needing shelter are asked to head to Calavera Hills Community Center, located at 2997 Glasgow, or La Costa Canyon High School, located at 1 Maverick Way. Animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits are accepted at Calavera Hills Community Center only. People with large animals and livestock may visit one of the shelters listed at http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/updates/new-shelter-opening-in-carlsbad-05-14-14-1713/ Residents who need assistance with animal evacuations, or need to check for additional animal shelter locations, should call the County's Department of Animal Services dispatch line at 619-236-2341.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 8:40 P.M.

Preliminary damage assessment:  8 homes, an 8-unit apartment complex and 2 commercial structures in Carlsbad have been damaged or destroyed.  Fire is 10 percent contained.  Weather conditions are expected to improve overnight, then return to very hot and dry Thursday.  Palomar Airport Road is now open.  Residents not evacuated are asked to shelter in place.  Two shelters are open in Carlsbad.  Calavera Hills Community Center is open and accepting people and pets in need of shelter.  La Costa Canyon High School is open for people, but no pets please.  Both shelters are fully stocked and not in need of donations at this time. Additional volunteers are not needed at this time. Dove Library and all community centers will be closed Thursday, except for the Senior Center.  All Parks & Recreation programs and classes are cancelled Thursday. The public is reminded to follow all directions from law enforcement.  Carlsbad Police Department has increased patrols to protect property in evacuated areas.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 5:18 p.m.

The current damage assessment as of 5:15 p.m.:

Eight homes, an eight-unit apartment complex and one commercial structure have been damaged by the fire. There is no disruption to utilities such as water and sewer.  All City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed Thursday, with the exception of the Carlsbad Senior Center, located at 799 Pine Ave.  The Senior Center will be open normal hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all regularly scheduled services will be available and the Senior Center will continue to serve as a “cool zone.” Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane will be closed Thursday; Cole Library and the Library Learning Center will be open.  The City of Carlsbad Mayor and City Manager have signed an emergency declaration allowing the City of Carlsbad to receive emergency funding.

For the latest street closure information, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/
For power outage information, visit http://www.sdge.com/safety/outages/outage-map

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 4:51 p.m.

Westfield Plaza Camino Real is unable to accept any additional large animals such as horses and livestock. Residents with large animals needing to evacuate should call San Diego County Animal Services for assistance: 619-236-2341.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 4:10 p.m.

Calavera Hills Community Center, located at 2997 Glasgow, is open as a shelter accepting residents and their pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits. Community members are asked to crate their animals and have leashes available for their dogs. Residents with larger animals such as livestock are asked to head to Westfield Plaza Camino Real. The shelter is fully stocked and not in need of donations at this time.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 3:35 p.m.

La Costa Canyon High School, located at 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad, 92009, has opened as an evacuation shelter run by the Red Cross. La Costa Canyon High School cannot accept pets. Residents with pets are asked to head to Westfield Plaza El Camino Real until another shelter opens.

Carlsbad Unified School DIstrict is closing all schools Thursday and Friday.  No school structures have been damaged, however, they are closing as a precaution.

 

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 1:45 p.m.

The safety and security of the community is our top priority and all available resources are being deployed. As of 1:30 p.m., approximately 15,000 evacuations notifications have been sent. We have confirmation of two structures lost. Evacuation boundaries are west of El Fuerte Road, south of Palomar Airport Road, north of Aviara Parkway and west to the coast.  Information on school evacuations is available at www.carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us

Updated informationcan be found at http://news.carlsbadca.gov. A temporary evacuation point is currently set up at Plaza El Camino Real southwest parking lot.

UPDATE, 5/14/14, 11:55 A.M.

The City of Carlsbad's Dove Library, Aviara Community Park and Alga Norte Community Park are closed.

 

ORIGINAL STORY 5/14/14, 11:30 a.m.

A brush fire is currently burning in Carlsbad around the area of Poinsettia Lane and Alicante.  Mandatory evacuations are in progress.  Please listen to all police instructions regarding evacuations and traffic.  Calavera Hills Community Center, 2997 Glasgow, is being opened as a shelter location.  Pets are welcome.  Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle schools are being evacuated to Brighton Gardens, 2588 El Camino Real.  Parent should report there to meet students.  Westfield Plaza Camino Real is serving as a temporary evacuation point for people and animals.