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Area Golf Industry Halts As Wildfires Rage

It happens so frequently that it barely makes the national news. California fires are as common as Minnesota snows, but this year has been especially brutal with dry, windy conditions turning much of San Diego County into a tinderbox. All public schools in the area are closed and more than two dozen homes have burned.

Now the wildfires are affecting golf. On Wednesday, TaylorMade-adidas, Callaway, Titleist and Cobra-Puma all closed early as smoke billowed over their facilities. They remained closed today as the glow of the flames could be seem from the windows of many of the offices in the facilities.

Also Aviara Golf Club, the home course of the LPGA Kia Classic, closed and there are reports of substantial damage in the area.

The Post’s own Jim Nugent was in Carlsbad on Wednesday and saw the disaster firsthand.

“Its pretty frightening, really,” Nugent said, after driving to Los Angeles once the golf companies closed. “The fires here usually occur in the fall, but the temperatures have been in the high 90s even on the coast, which is very unusual for this time of year.

“And it’s been so dry that everything out here is just fuel for the fires. I think the count was 15,000 people evacuated yesterday. It’s terrifying.”

Portions of Interstate 15 were closed on Wednesday as well as the campus of Cal State San Marcos.

There is no word on when the golf companies will resume operations, but that is the least of the concerns at the moment. Firefighters continue to battle the blazes but are gaining little ground as new fires pop up as fast as existing ones can be contained.

San Diego County remains under a state of emergency. It likely will be months before the extent of the damage can tallied.


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