The largest community evacuations in San Diego
County's history were under way today as two massive fires continued to push
through the region, devastating neighborhood after neighborhood.
Residents living north of State Route 56, west of Interstate 15 and east
of I-5 were advised to pack up and clear out of their homes, even before
receiving a phone call directing them to do so.
By late morning, authorities had issued 120,000 reverse 911 phone calls,
under a system that informs people about evacuation plans. Unofficial
estimates put the number of evacuated people at as many as a quarter-million.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who declared a state of emergency yesterday
afternoon in San Diego and a handful of other Southern California counties,
announced his intention to visit the stricken region today to survey the
San Diego Fire Chief Tracy Jarman anno
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