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.

UPDATED: At 7:12 p.m.

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.

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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.

Base officials are reporting the blazes have reached 1,000 acres, as of 7 p.m.

The growth of the fire in the northern areas has slowed significantly and containment is at 30 percent, according to Lt. Ryan Welsh, who is providing online updates.

Heavy smoke will remain visible throughout the evening as previously unburned pockets within the fire perimeter burn, according to Welsh.

There are no reports of any injuries or damage to any structures, and there is currently no threat to any structures on base or in the surrounding communities, according to Welsh.

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.

Clint Worthington September 16, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I would feel safer if SDG&E concentrated their efforts on running a nuclear power plant safely rather than fighting fires. With that kind of helicoptor, I can see why they want to raise rates.
Jasper Downs III September 16, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Why are they lobbing explosive munitions from 155mm howitzers into a fire prone area during a time of year when there is a high risk of wildfires? On Thursday the noise reached annoying, window rattling proportions in SJC and now it turns out it was irresponsible to boot. Is it too much to ask the military to apply a modicum of intelligence when deciding whether or not to start these training exercises? Are they going to be held responsible?
Penny Arévalo September 16, 2012 at 05:16 AM
SCE runs SONGS, if that's what you mean, Clint.
Dan September 16, 2012 at 03:07 PM
We all knew Camp Pendleton was there when we moved in and be thankful that Pendleton is there...... Can you imagine what it would be like living here if all that prime ocean front real estate were developed? I will take the occasional day of shelling and munitions explosions any day over that land being developed and destroying one of the only great places left to live in southern California.
Jasper Downs III September 16, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I agree with everything you said Dan. However I question the decision making that leads to live fire drills when there is a high fire danger due to hot, dry conditions. They need to show more intelligence. When's the last time the US military used 155mm howitzers in a combat operation anyway? Unnecessary training in dangerous conditions.


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