It had destroyed two structures and damaged another 12, according to the tweet. Students from Sullivan Middle School were also being evacuated, according to North County Fire Protection District spokesman John Buchanan said.
As the Lilac Fire moved quickly near SR-76 and I-15, aircraft dropped retardant on the flames. This story will be updated as new information becomes available.
A brush fire was burning in the area of Interstate 15 and Highway 76 in Fallbrook on Thursday, Dec. 7, and mandatory evacuations were in place for people living in the area.
Several freeways were closed near the Lilac fire in Bonsall as firefighters continued to battle a fast-moving blaze that ignited Thursday morning.
According to a nearby resident, "This is getting bad quick, helicopters have just arrived, fire is traveling low and fast on the east boundary of Rancho Monserate".
Shortly after 10:45 a.m., a tree fell onto the westbound lanes of I-8 west of the Lake Murray/70th Street exit in the La Mesa area.