May 15, 2014 – Over 400 acres have been scorched since the Poinsettia Fire ignited yesterday morning. Starting at Alicante and Poinsettia Lane around 10:40 a.m., the fire rapidly spread toward El Camino Real. Nearby residents were evacuated as flames engulfed their neighborhood.

As of this morning, over 22 homes have been destroyed in the Carlsbad area. Officials report the fire is 60% contained.

This comes on the heels of a massive brush fire that swept over 1,548 acres this past Tuesday. Drought conditions and strong winds have contributed heavily to the spread of fires throughout California. As of Thursday, seven significant fires had been reported:

  • Poinsettia Fire – El Camino Real near Poinsettia Lane and Jasper Way
  • Camp Pendleton Fire – near the Naval Weapons Station gate near Fallbrook
  • Benardo Fire
  • Fallbrook Fire
  • San Marcos Fire – Coronado Hills
  • East County Fire – Olde Highway 80 and Aurora Drive
  • Oceanside Fire – College Blvd. and N. River Rd.

For a full list of fires – and the most up-to-date information – visit

California  has seen its share of wildfires in recent years. In October 2007, three fires burned hundreds of thousands of acres of land, killing two and injury forty-five. Officials concluded that poorly maintained power equipment was the cause of the fires.. Thompson and Wedeking successfully represented families who suffered loss during those fires. Legal rights during states of emergency can be complex to understand, so always consult an attorney if you have a question.