UPDATE: 450-Acre Camp Pendleton 'Combat' Fire 95 Percent Contained

The blaze started Monday afternoon in the Kilo 2 area, which is off Basilone Road, near the center of the base.

UPDATE July 18 at 3:08 p.m.: A 450-acre brush fire that broke out on Camp Pendleton Monday afternoon is now at around 95 percent containment, Marine officials are reporting.

The fire has been dubbed the "Combat" blaze because it burned in the Urban Combat Town training area on base, according to the Camp Pendleton Fire Department. On Monday the fire forced traffic through the base to be rerouted, according to officials.  

The blaze was no longer spreading as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, though it was still generating some plumes of light smoke, according to base officials.

Two Camp Pendleton firefighters were in stable condition Tuesday after suffering minor smoke inhalation and burn injuries while battling the blaze at the North County Marine Corps installation, authorities said.

There is no threat from the blaze to the Southwest Riverside County or Fallbrook area, although smoke is still drifting, North County Fire Protection District has reported.

The blaze started in the Kilo 2 area, which is off Basilone Road, near the center of the base.

The fire was sparked at about 4 p.m. Monday by training, Gunnery Sgt. Paul McQuigg, a spokesman for the base told City News Service. Camp Pendleton Fire Department reports the incident began around 3 p.m.

Cal Fire was been sent out to assist on the blaze, according to the City News Service report.

"In addition to six Pendleton engines, one water tender, one quick attack, one paramedic ambulance, and multiple chief officers, the incident commander has requested multiple aircraft, engines, and hand crews from our regional mutual aid neighbors," Camp Pendleton Fire Department reported in a statement.


Kathleen Parkhurst July 17, 2012 at 02:35 AM
It is 7:30 p.m. Monday July 16, 2012. I live in the "core" of Sun City and smell a strong odor of an active fire coming from the south. The sky looks hazy and gray in that direction.
Cat July 17, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I'm so close I can hear the snap, crackle & pop! Oh no ...wait..... that's just me gettin up outta my chair. :~(
Lois Beam July 17, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Camp Pendelton has a sign along the 5 that says they're doing their part for conservation and the environment. Can someone explain how artillery practice that ignite fires is protecting the environment?
Cat July 17, 2012 at 04:00 AM
They were shootin @ Smokey the Bear!
Joseph Carter July 17, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Attn Lois: Fire is nature's way of purging and cleansing itself to allow life to flourish. We are merely helping it along. Take the Jack Pine for example. The cones of this particular evergreen open ONLY after exposure to extreme heat. There's a little food for thought.
Cat July 17, 2012 at 05:00 AM
...but don't go around eating the Jack Pine trees for heavens sake. Look what happened to Euell Gibbons! Just sayin........
kt July 17, 2012 at 06:41 AM
He grew a pine tree out of his belly button
Roberto July 17, 2012 at 06:50 AM
I once saw streakers naked as a jay bird running and immediatly knew which one was Euell Gibbons. How? He's the one with the hickory nuts!
Susimom July 17, 2012 at 07:09 AM
Lois: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the Corps' largest West Coast expeditionary training facility, encompasses more than 125,000 acres of Southern California terrain. ****So, I guess it's safe to say, accidents happen. So sorry if the Marines are putting you out, they are trying to protect your FREEDOM. **** Please read on: Camp Pendleton contains the largest undeveloped portion of coastline in Southern California. The ecosystem includes beaches, bluffs, mesas, canyons, mountains and Southern California's only free-flowing river. There are more than 1,000 species of plants, fish and animals, some of which are either threatened or endangered. Wildlife and habitat protection is a top concern of all who live, work and train at Camp Pendleton.
M&Ms July 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Well said Joesph and Susimom. LOIS...next time before attacking the people who are trying to protect your freedom...learn a little bit.
Keith Allen July 17, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Susimom, you would think they would be able to protect our Freedom and anticipate that in these dry conditions there may be fires sparked by arms training. In fact, these accidental fires happen so frequently that you would think the Marine Corps would have their fire crews standing by at the ready to extinguish these fires immediately. It is apparent, they don't. Oh, and please don't forget, part of the Freedom protected, is the freedom to speak out and try to make our world better. I hope the 1000 species of plants and animals don't burn up.
Desmond Arenas July 17, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Yeah..let stick a bunch of firemen out on a live artillery range........freakin brilliant.
Susimom July 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Did I tell Lois NOT to speak his mind? No, I didn't. I am free to add my comments as well. If you think the Marines are doing it wrong, please feel free to join and make the necessary changes. I will correct any comment made with ignorance, and it's clear this man doesn't understand the enviormental effort of the Corps. Semper Fi
Cat July 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
(lol) :~)
Wildomar Resident July 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Pendleton does have their own firefighting units. They also have a working arrangement with surrounding agencies to receive assistance and to provide assistance. In the past, Pendleton has provided helicopter support for fire suppression outside the base to assist Cal Fire.
DKA July 17, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Semper Fi
Susimom July 17, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Wildomar Resident, you're totally right. I am heading to the base right now, I guess I can see for myself all the damage. Hope they have it under control soon-
M&Ms July 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I agree with Susimom, if you feel the Marines aren't doing their job you go join and see if you can do better. And Keith speak freely all you want! No one told you otherwise. But what do you do to protect those 1000 of species of plants and animals? SEMPER FI
foreversupportUSMC July 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM
IGNORANCE... a weak link in our society. Obviously you don't value YOUR FREEDOM... or did you NOT KNOW WHO PROTECTS the freedom of the citizens of this great country!? Yes, Lois...they even protect the freedom of the IGNORANT!
Dog July 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Semper Fi...2/7 '71-'75
blondi22569 July 18, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Awesome job! I never doubt that fires in So Cal counties will be brought under control in a timely manner. We have the best fire fighters around!
jetpg43lvr October 15, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Not hickory nuts....It's grape nuts..


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