Published On: May 16 2014 12:17:48 PM CDTUpdated On: May 16 2014 01:39:06 PM CDT
A string of dangerous wildfires in has ripped through San Diego County this week, prompting evacuations, sparking "firenadoes" and causing extensive damage. Take a look at images.
Nine fires have destroyed at least eight houses, an 18-unit condominium complex and two businesses in San Diego County since Tuesday.
The wildfires have burned more than 10,000 acres of brush land so far.
The hardest-hit areas were in San Marcos and Carlsbad, a suburb of 110,000 people that lifted evacuation orders late Thursday.
Nearly 16,000 evacuation orders were issued in San Marcos and nearby Escondido Thursday. Since the fires started burning, officials have told 125,000 people to leave their homes.
More than 2,500 firefighters are working across San Diego County aided by water-dropping aircraft.
19-year-old Isaiah Silva of Escondido and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested Thursday evening after police say they started at least two brush fires in San Diego's Escondido area.
A badly burned body was found Thursday in a transient camp in Carlsbad - the fires' first apparent fatality.
On Thursday, whirling columns of flame -- dubbed "firenadoes" or "fire whirls" -- were spinning across the landscape. Firenadoes are spinning columns of flame fed by fuel drawn into the air by naturally occurring vortices created by fire, CNN meteorologist Indra Petersons said.
On Friday morning, winds were dying down and temperatures were cooling.
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