Carlsbad brush fire near Buena Vista
CARLSBAD, Calif. — Homes evacuated due to Carlsbad brush fire near Buena Vista.
The Carlsbad Police Department announced that the fire was contained around 2 p.m. Saturday.
“Please keep away from the area until we are finished,” police wrote on Twitter. “We’ll let you know when the roads reopen.”
The fire started at about 12:30 p.m. along Lake Buena Vista, west of Interstate 5, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.
Small streets around the body of water, including parts of Buena Vista Circle, Kremeyer Circle, and Laguna Drive, were evacuated “out of caution.”
Police closed Carlsbad Street, a coastal road in and out of Oceanside, in both directions.
Several agencies took part in the fighting, and at least one helicopter dropped water on the flames.
Residents of the Northern Province could widely see a plume of smoke rising over the area.
“Lots of ash in the air,” a police spokesperson wrote on Twitter. “We’re getting calls from Calavera where the winds are blowing in that direction.”
Earlier in the shootout, journalist Steve Butersky shared a video on Twitter showing the flames jumping near the lake.
The area around the body of water, the Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Preserve, consists of 206 acres of coastal freshwater lagoon habitat, according to the state.
It is a protected area home to many species of birds and some mammals, along with plant life.
The extent of the damage to the habitat was not immediately clear.
Out of great caution, authorities evacuated residences in Buena Vista Circle, Creamer Circle and Laguna Drive near the lake.
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