Fires Scorch 1,000 Acres at Camp Pendleton

By Sarah Grieco and Monica Garske
|  Sunday, Sep 16, 2012  |  Updated 10:54 AM PDT
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Fires Scorch 1,000 Acres at Camp Pendleton

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Four small vegetation fires began burning Friday at Camp Pendleton, officials reported.

Multiple blazes started around 12 p.m. Friday as a result of live fire training. The fires burned within the Whiskey, Zulu and Quebec impact areas in the center portion of the base.

According to Camp Pendleton officials, visible smoke was seen both on and off base.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

Additionally, Camp Pendleton officials said they responded to a vegetation fire that sparked around 4 p.m. Friday on the base, near Wilcox Range. That blaze burned approximately six acres but was knocked down by 5:30 p.m.

By 3 p.m. Saturday, officials said the fires had scorched 500 acres and were moving north. By 5:30 p.m., Camp Pendleton officials said the fires had burned approximately 1,000 acres on the base.

Ground and helicopter crews battling the flames were able to stop the rate of spread to the northeast and southeast by Saturday evening, officials confirmed.

By 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the fires were 30 percent contained.

Officials said fire suppression will continue through Sunday. Heavy smoke plumes are expected due to unburned heavy brush within the fire perimeter.

Check back for updates.
 

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