Dozens of race horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars perish in California wildfires which have forced 230,000 to flee their homes

Friday, December 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

Southern California’s newest wildfire, Lilac, destroyed homes and ranches in San Diego County on Thursday
More than 230,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in California as fires tear through the region
Winds with hurricane-force gusts of up to 80 miles per hour fueled the blazes, creating apocolyptic scenes
Dozens of thoroughbred race horses were killed in blazes in San Diego County as ranches were evacuated
Only one fatality has been reported so far across the counties – an undentified body was found in Ventura

By KELLY MCLAUGHLIN
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 December 2017

Dozens of thoroughbred race horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars have died as major wildfires continue to tear through Southern California.

California’s newest wildfire, Lilac, tore through ranches and retirement communities built on golf courses as it crossed into San Diego County on Thursday.

More than 230,000 people have been forced to flee their homes across Southern California this week as December’s shockingly dry, hot and windy conditions brought on unprecedented fire danger.

Winds with hurricane-force gusts of up to 80 miles per hour (130 kilometers per hour) fueled the blazes, creating apocalyptic scenes of hillsides engulfed in billowing smoke and towering plumes of flame.

Despite the intensity of the fires, only one fatality has been reported so far. Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said an unidentified body had been found overnight.

There was no official count of how many animals were killed in the hazy confusion as both horses and humans evacuated San Diego County on Thursday, but trainers at several trainers estimate a combined total of up to three dozen.

The California Horse Racing Board said it believed that ‘approximately 25 horses perished in the fire’.
The fire north of San Diego, driven by winds above 35 mph (56 kph), razed rows of trailer homes in the retirement community, leaving charred and mangled metal in its wake.

It wasn’t immediately known what sparked the fire next to State Highway 76, but strong winds carried it across six lanes to the other side.

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