Mexico earthquake triggers ‘desert tsunami’ 1,500 miles away in Death Valley caveThe earthquakes that struck Southern California on Friday morning triggered a ‘desert tsunami’ more than 1,000 miles away in Death Valley National Park, a National Park Service spokesman said.
As the fires raged on and the death toll rose, state officials asked San Diego County to evacuate residents from about 3,400 homes where the flames were threatening to destroy the single-family structures, as reported by the Southern California News Group.
Officials say they will keep the evacuation of those homes in place until after officials determine the fate of the fire, which has burned through the town of Chula Vista after forcing evacuations in nearby Orange County and San Diego to the east.
Firefighters are working to save the community from the Camp Pendleton Naval Weapons Station, where the largest wildfire in California’s recorded history has burned for more than three weeks.
San Diego County authorities sent out a mandatory evacuation notice to residents in the town of Chula Vista, as well as in Oceanside and Carlsbad.
The fire, at 6,800 acres as of 11 p.m. Monday, was burning on Highway 163 between San Diego and Oceanside and had destroyed 8,100 homes and forced thousands of evacuations.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said he could not rule out the possibility that the fire was set deliberately but believed the arsonist was acting under the influence of a mental illness or other substance abuse.
The fire was reported on October 20 and is the deadliest wildfire on record in Southern California.
A mandatory evacuation notice was also sent out to residents of Chula Vista and Oceanside. This is a mandatory evacuation notice, and it is not just a request. It is a notification of the evacuation.
This was a mandatory evacuation notice. It was not a request that you leave. There is also a procedure