Camp Pendleton brush fire 80 percent contained
A brush fire sparked by military training exercises at Camp Pendleton was 80 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, having blackened about 3,000 acres, base officials said.
The blaze erupted about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Aliso Canyon, near the center of the Marine Corps station, USMC Sgt. Darhonda Rodela of the base’s public affairs office said.
As of 5:45 p.m., the fire had scorched some 2,700 acres. By then, crews had the flames — which were posing no immediate threats to inhabited areas of Camp Pendleton or surrounding communities — about 60 percent contained.
Base officials closed Basilone Road between Roblar and Las Pulgas roads as a precaution.
As of 7:25 a.m., Basilone Road was reopened, said 1st Lt. Justin Smith, adding that the blaze was 80 percent contained and holding at about 3,000 acres, with no structural damage or injuries to report.
“A lot of headway was made last night and this morning,” Smith said.
Helping military firefighters work to contain the blaze were crews from the U.S. Forest Service and personnel aboard three helicopters from other outside agencies.
Crews expected to have the blaze fully under control at some point later Wednesday, officials said.
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