Rancho Bernardo, California - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is working alongside other first responders in battling the Bernardo Fire. So far, the fire has burned around 850 acres since it broke out just before 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13th in the 4S Ranch area. The flames have spread to the west, prompting evacuations in Fairbanks Ranch and Eastern Rancho Santa Fe.

The fire is five percent contained.

In a news conference moments ago, Sheriff Bill Gore commended the team work on display as everyone works together to save lives and property in the fire's path.

Sheriff Gore says 70 deputies are currently assisting with evacuation and other emergency duties related to the Bernardo Fire. Another 60 deputies will work through the night. Two Sheriff's firefighting helicopters are helping put out the flames. Two additional Sheriff's helicopters are keeping an eye on the fire from above.

An evacuation center is now open at Rancho Bernardo High School located at 13010 Paseo Lucido.

Road closures remain in effect in the Fairbanks Ranch/Rancho Santa Fe area.

Avoid the following areas:

*San Dieguito Road (northeast from El Apajo to Camino Del Sur)

*Camino Del Sur to Rancho Bernardo Road (northbound)

*El Sicamoro (east from Via de Santa Fe)

Residents with large animals that have been evacuated due to the Bernardo Fire can take them to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

If you need assistance with evacuating your large animals, call the County Department of Animal Services at (619) 236-2341. The animals will be transported to one of the following locations:

Risen Son Ranch, Inc.
11548 Moreno Avenue
Lakeside

River Run Farms
14660 El Monte Road
Lakeside

You can follow the Sheriff's Department on Facebook, Twitter and Nixle for regular updates on the Bernardo Fire.

To receive text or e-mail alerts from Nixle, text your zip code to "888777." Standard text messaging rates will apply.

For any non-emergency issues, call the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200.

You can also visit the San Diego County Emergency Site: http://sdcountyemergency.com/.