Camp Pendleton Fire Moving Rapidly North Near Cleveland National Forest

The fire has burned more than 500 acres as of 3 p.m. Saturday. Portions of it are contained.

A fire that started Friday at Camp Pendleton was moving rapidly toward the north where the base borders the Cleveland National Forest, officials on base released.


The Camp Pendleton fire department—along with mutual aid assets—have contained the south and west portions of the fire on the north end of the base.

The fire has burned more than 500 acres, but is not a threat to any structures as of 3 p.m. Saturday.

The fire began at about 12 p.m. Friday during a training exercise in the Whiskey Impact Area.

Artillery units began training on the base Friday with Howitzer 155mm cannons. That training is scheduled to end late Saturday evening.


The Camp Pendleton Fire Dept. and mutual aid assets are on the scene of the fire, and one mutual aid helicopter is providing support, the base reported. There are no reports of any injuries or damage to any structures.

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Brandon September 16, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I'm in Dana point and it looks to be right on the Ortega highway, or in that vicinity. I just drove by San Juan capiatrano and it looks like two different headers. Should be interesting to see whether they call in OCFA as it seems the fire keeps moving
Daniel Woolfolk September 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Hi all, I have updated the story. The rapid spread has been contained, but it grew since this afternoon: http://camppendleton.patch.com/articles/update-base-fire-scorches-1-000-acres-rapid-rate-of-spread-halted
remington kenzo September 16, 2012 at 09:48 AM
I live in Dana point on coast hwy and the smoke was so heavy yesterday I couldn't breath! Is this safe?
FOBESQ September 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM
No one asks why they are firing in 100+ tinder dry weather knowing that it will likely cause fire???????
Erika Sandy September 16, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Because training in ALL kinds of weather is what keeps my husband, the other Marines, and YOU safe when it comes to needing to defend you in ANY combat zone!!


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