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Trio of fires burn more than 8,500 acres on Camp Pendleton

The Camino Fire burns part of Range 401 in the Mike Training Area on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, May 18, 2020. Firefighters with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department, along with Orange County Fire Authority and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, worked together to battle the blaze. The fire burned approximately 150 acres and is currently contained while mop-up operations are underway. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan Soto-Delgado)

Firefighters on Wednesday were battling three brush fires on Camp Pendleton, including one that had burned about 7,000 acres of land in remote training areas, Marine Corps officials said.

A second fire had burned another 1,100 acres, while a third had charred 500 acres, according to information provided by Camp Pendleton firefighters on Twitter. The two larger fires were both 20 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon.

Base officials said all three fires remained in training areas and posed no threat to people or structures on base or in surrounding communities, but would continue to produce smoke throughout the day Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Cal Fire San Diego and the Orange County Fire Authority were helping to battle the blazes. Camp Pendleton officials said “partner agencies” were continuing to help Wednesday.

Camp Pendleton officials first reported the largest fire just before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, tweeting that firefighters were monitoring a fire in the Zulu area, but that the fire did not pose danger on base or off.

In a video posted on Twitter, Camp Pendleton Fire Department Deputy Chief John Crook said the blaze that charred about 1,100 acres began around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

“The cause of the fire was due to active Marine training over the weekend,” Crook said. “At this time there are no structures threatened.”


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