Thousands of Californians have been forced to leave their homes as wildfires hit San Diego county yesterday (Wednesday 14th May when a major fire engulfed the coastal town of Carlsbad, north of San Diego, scorching several buildings and forcing an amusement park to close.
Further north, blazes also caused evacuations at a nuclear plant and a military base with one firefighter suffering a slight injury.
Following on from months of dry weather California has been particularly prone to fires this year. California and other areas on the US west coast, often experience wildfires over the warmer months.
Nine fires were burning across San Diego County on Tuesday and Wednesday where officials ordered at least 20,000 people to leave their homes. In Carlsbad the Legoland theme park was forced to close due to power surges, while San Onofre nuclear power plant briefly evacuated non-essential staff as a precautionary measure.
Fires also hit the military base at Camp Pendleton, between San Diego and Los Angeles.
Carlsbad fire chief Michael Davies said such fires were unprecedented this time of year.