Southern California Hit By Wildfires, Oil Spill In Same Day [PHOTOS]

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    Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014.
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    Residents watch a fast-moving wildfire approach in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. More than 20 structures, including several homes, burned to the ground and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday, as a wind-lashed wildfire roared out of control in the heart of a Southern California coastal community. The so-called Poinsettia Fire, which erupted shortly before 11 a.m. in Carlsbad, some 25 miles north of San Diego, quickly became the most pressing battle for crews fighting flames across the region amid soaring temperatures and hot Santa Ana winds.
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    Students watch the blaze.
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    Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014.
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    A prison crew battles a fire in an avocado grove outside Fallbrook, California May 14, 2014.
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    Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014.
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    Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014.
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Southern Californians are having a tough week.

On Thursday emergency response were busy battling 9,000 acres of wildfires in the southern part of the state while overnight a broken oil pipeline spewed about 50,000 gallons of crude oil in the streets of Los Angeles.

Officials issued evacuation notices for thousands of residents and students at a California State University campus near San Diego. The 9,000-student university said Thursday its evacuation would continue through Friday and canceled its commencement ceremonies.

The nine fires in San Diego County were about 50 percent contained early Thursday, according to officials from Carlsbad, where fires have burned at least eight homes, one apartment building and two businesses to the ground.

Power outages affecting more than 2,300 custotomers could keep them in the dark until Thursday evening, according to San Diego Gas and Electric.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency to send resources to the fires, which are still active and moving south.

Meanwhile, the oil leak has covered about half a mile and is knee-high in some areas, affecting a handful of commercial businesses in the suburb of Glendale.

The leak from a 20-inch pipe was reported shortly after midnight, and the oil line was remotely shut off. No injuries were reported.

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