FALLBROOK, Calif. – California’s latest wildfire tore through retirement communities built on golf courses, and killed elite thoroughbred horses in the first destructive day.
The new blaze in San Diego County means a huge swath of Southern California is now in flames. December is shockingly dry, hot and windy weather brought on unprecedented fire danger.
The San Diego-area fire quickly grew to more than 6 square miles and burned dozens of homes in Rancho Monserate Country Club.
Flames engulfed a horse training center, where the coaches to unlock the stables and to encourage hundreds of horses race to run for their lives. It is not clear how many died.
The region’s biggest fire, which is 200 km to the north, continues to grow and has destroyed more than 400 homes and buildings.