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Friday, February 10, 2012

CA-MCP-Range - Camp Pendleton Wildfire 75+ acres, 25% contained

Update: As of Friday morning, the fire had burned more than 75 acres, and 25 percent contained according to Camp Pendleton fire authorities.
 CAL Fire originally reported that the fire burned 700 acres, but a base spokesperson corrected the information.
Wildfire on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Artillery range, 2 Strike Teams dispatched last night.

By 6 a.m. Friday, officials said the fire had consumed 700 acres, but no structures were threatened and no evacuations had been ordered.

The fire, reportedly started by Marine artillery training activities, was said to be burning in steep and heavy terrain. Firefighters also reported they are dealing with shifting winds.

The Marines had announced previously that live-fire training exercises were scheduled from through Sunday. Training appeared to continue despite the fire, as large explosions typical of Marine training actions could be heard in Oceanside before dawn Friday morning.

Incident Name/Type: CA-MCP-Range
Last Updated: 0800
  • Date/Time Started: Late Thursday night
  • Administrative Unit: Camp Pendelton - MCP
  • County: 
  • Location: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Artillery range, east of Interstate 5 near Las Pulgas Road
  • GPS: 
  • Acres Burned: 700+
  • ROS: 
  • Containment: 
  • Conditions: Winds, Heavy Brush, Steep terrain
  • Structure Threats: No
  • Special Hazards: Un-exploded Ordance, steep terrain
  • Evacuations: No
  • Cause: Fire started Thursday night during Marine training activities.
  • Cooperating Agencies: Oceanside Fire Dept., CAL FIRE
  • Resources: 
  • Air Resources: 
  • Comms: 
  • Injuries: 
  • Weather Info: Shifting Winds
  • RR Link: 
  • Agency Link:  You may also call the base information line at 760-725-9045 or 866-430-2764 for emergency information updates.

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