Lilac Fire burning in rural San Diego County reaches 60 percent containment

Fire crews search for hot spots among destroyed homes in the Rancho Monserate Country Club community Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Fallbrook, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Lilac Fire, a brush fire that erupted and quickly spread through a rural area of northern San Diego County, was 60 percent contained Sunday.

The blaze started shortly after 11 a.m. Friday amid gusty weather conditions near the town of Fallbrook. Within an hour, the burn area had grown from about 50 acres to 4,100 and remained at the acreage by Sunday.

At least 85 structures were destroyed, according to officials. More than 20 of those were homes at the Rancho Monserate Country Club.

A Facebook video recorded at the scene shows herds of horses galloping past burning palm trees in their chaotic escape.

Horse trainer Scott Hansen said he knows that some of his 30 horses at the facility died.

Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency for San Diego County Thursday, and on Friday President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for the state because of all the fires burning in the Southland.

The cause of the wildfire was not immediately known.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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