Update: All evacuation orders lifted, Bernardo Fire burns more than 1,500 acres

Tanker dropping retardant on the north edge of Santaluz, with 4S Ranch in background. Photo by Leo Nicolet
Tanker dropping retardant on the north edge of Santaluz, with 4S Ranch in background. Photo by Leo Nicolet

Updates:

-As of 8:30 a.m. May 14, the fire has burned about 1,550 acres and is 25 percent contained.

-As of 8:35 p.m. May 13, all evacuation orders have been lifted. All residents affected by the fire can return home.

-As of 7:20 p.m. May 13, San Diego City evacuees can return to their homes, but residents of Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe are still under evacuation.

-San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has declared a local state of emergency.

-As of 7 p.m. May 13, no homes have been burned, and there have been no fatalities or major injuries in the fire.

-As of 5:30 p.m. May 13, the fire is 5 percent contained and has burned 800 acres.

-As of 4 p.m. May 13, the fire is 5 percent contained and has burned 700 acres.

-Evacuees with large animals can take them to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

-Evacuation centers are located at Poway High School, Rancho Bernardo High School and Torrey Pines High School.

-Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe has evacuated its animals.

-Police are evacuating homes in the area of Circa del Norte in Fairbanks Ranch and have cleared people out of Black Mountain Park.

-The Sheriff's Department has ordered a mandatory evacuation of Fairbanks Ranch. Torrey Pines High School is being used as an evacuation center.

By City News Service

Updated at 9:10 p.m.

A Santa Ana-stoked wildfire tore over swaths of brushy open land west of Black Mountain May 13, charring hundreds of acres alongside rural neighborhoods and forcing thousands of residential evacuations in communities between Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho Santa Fe.

Although the fire was still only 5 percent contained, officials told evacuees they could return to their homes at 8 p.m. Most of the flames had died down, and crews were no longer using aircraft, said Lee Swanson, public information officer for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

“Pockets and fingers of fire are still there,” Swanson said, “but the winds have died down. We will be mopping up throughout the night.”

He said the winds will return in the morning, and it will probably take a couple of days to fully bring the fire under control, but at this point it “is considerably knocked down.”

No aircraft were flying in the evening, although Cal Fire has aircraft that can be used at night, Swanson said.

The flames erupted for unknown reasons shortly after 10:30 a.m. off Camino San Bernardo and Nighthawk Lane in 4S Ranch and spread to within several feet of some homes, but had caused no reported injuries or structural damage as of 7 p.m.

Pushed by hot, dry winds out of the east amid summer-like temperatures, the blaze, dubbed the Bernardo Fire, snaked through canyons between high-end suburban enclaves, racing through thick vegetation faster than ground and airborne crews could douse them.

As of late afternoon, the flames had blackened at least 800 acres as it moved to the west and north through and next to developments in Del Sur, Santa Luz, Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe, according to police.

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