The last vestiges of smoke passed over Temecula Sunday from the Camp Pendleton base fire -- which authorities said was 70 percent contained -- but the air was clear for the most part.
About 1,200 acres were blackened since the fire started Friday afternoon. Marine spokesman Lt. Ryan Welsh said the fire, in the north-central section of the base, was believed to have started during artillery training.
Fires are always a danger when live ammunition training is coupled with hot, dry weather conditions.
The fire was about 70 percent contained by noon Sunday.
"The fire's not really growing at all anymore," Welsh said. "Residents are going to see continued heavy smoke plumes throughout the day, because of the previously unburned pockets within the fire perimeter," Welsh said.
Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire assisted in suppression efforts, Welsh said.
No injuries were reported and no buildings were threatened.
-City News Service