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.


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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