Brush fire torches palm trees in Oceanside

Oceanside firefighters extinguished a brush fire in the Loma Alta Creek Bed near El Camino Real and Oceanside Boulevard at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to city reports.

Several nearby residents reported seeing flying embers ignite dry fronds on palm trees along the El Camino Real corridor in north Oceanside.

The fast-moving and unpredictable Lilac Blaze, which had grown 2,500 acres by 4:30 p.m., led North County Transit officials to cancel the Breeze 106 bus line through Oceanside on Thursday afternoon.

As the blaze sped west, fire officials expanded their evacuation advisory for the areas of Vista south of North River Road, west of East Vista Way, north of Bobier Drive and east of Melrose and North Santa Fe.

pam.kragen@sduniontribune.com

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