Structures destroyed, mandatory evacuations in place from quickly growing Lilac fire

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The fire has grown to approximately 500 acres and is 0% contained.

A large smoke plume can be seen along Interstate 15 from the Lilac fire, which has destroyed two buildings and damaged 12 others less than two hours after it started.

Authorities cleared people out of communities near the fire.

The following area was under a mandatory evacuation order: North of Pala Road, south of Reche Road, west of the 15 Freeway and east of Green Canyon Rd. and West Mission Road. Mandatory evacuations were also in place for some nearby residences, including all structures between Sullivan Middle School and Old Highway 395.

Traffic on the Southbound I-15 was also impacted as a result of the fire.

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Residents of the Rancho Monserate Mobile Home Park as well as students at the middle school were being evacuated around midday. SR-76 transition to SB 15 has re-opened.

Lynne Tolmachoff, as spokeswoman for Cal Fire, said winds in the area were strong with gusts reaching 50 miles per hour.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

This is a developing story and The Coast News will provide updates as they are released.