CARLSBAD, Calif. — San Diego County is hoping for a break Thursday, a day after wildfires ravaged the landscape, threatening homes, universities, a military base and a nuclear power plant.
“Let’s hope for a calm day,” said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who marveled at the outbreak that saw San Diego go from one wildfire to nine, charring more than 9,000 acres.
Temperatures cooled overnight and the winds calmed, giving the crews fighting the flames a bit of a break.
Additional air tankers and firefighting helicopters will join the effort Thursday, according to Jacob. She said she’s certain more fires will spring up with the new day, but was praying they wouldn’t.
The region is bone dry after months of little rainfall and temperatures are brutally hot, especially for May. Wildfire season typically peaks over the summer and into the fall.
Thursday will be the hottest day of the week, according to the National Weather Service, with forecast highs between 98 and 106.
As the wildfires sprang up on Wednesday, Carlsbad, Calif. saw some of the worst devastation.
But some are counting their blessings.
When one family returned to their home in Carlsbad on Wednesday, much of it was gone, but they couldn’t help but smile.
Their dog, Rocky, came out from the bushes near the rubble of their home that was still smoldering.
“[Our house is full of] materials we can eventually get again, but as far as our family and pets – you can’t just come up with another Rocky or family,” Rocky’s owner told Fox5.
Rocky suffered burns to his backside. You can see them in the video above.
Carlsbad alone issued 23,000 evacuation notices.
Carlsbad Fire Chief Michael Davis said that as of Thursday, the Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad has burned 400 acres and is 60% contained. Four homes and 18 units of an apartment building were destroyed by the fire, he said.
CNN’s Paul Vercammen reported from Carlsbad, while Ed Payne wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Greg Botelho, Michael Martinez, Amanda Watts and AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.