A strike team including local firefighters packed up and took off for San Diego County early Thursday, dispatched to help fight a wind-driven blaze in Carlsbad.
According to Modesto Regional Fire Authority Battalion Chief Hugo Patino, units from his agency joined with one from Stanislaus Consolidated and three from San Joaquin County to form the team.
The strike team left at 1 a.m. It has been assigned to the Poinsettia fire, which broke out Wednesday morning. The cause has not been determined. The fire quickly grew to 400 acres. It has downed power lines and forced thousands of evacuations.
Patino said the local strike team could be assigned to the fire for as long as two weeks.
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The Poinsettia fire began for unknown reasons shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road, just east of El Camino Real. Winds quickly pushed the flames about 400 acres and west toward neighborhoods and some high-tech businesses.