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May 14, 2014 10:58 PM by Lisa Lyden

Homes burn in Southern California as firefighters scramble to control wildfires

Firefighters say they've stopped the advance of a wind-driven wildfire that shot up canyons and engulfed suburban homes in Carlsbad, California.

The wind-driven blaze is one of at least six that have broken out over the past two days in Southern California's San Diego County.

At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries - one heat-related and one from smoke inhalation.

Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall says the blaze consumed an eight-unit condominium complex and damaged eight homes and two businesses. Thousands have been asked to evacuate their homes. With embers being blown onto roofs and trees, igniting them, firefighters have found themselves evacuating people and battling the blaze at the same time Wednesday.

The latest fire has broken out in the Lakeside area, east of San Diego, prompting the evacuation of 1,300 homes.

Officials say the city of San Diego's schools will all remain closed Thursday as will many in more than 20 surrounding cities.

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