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UPDATE: Camp Pendleton Fire Scorches 250 Acres

The blaze was nearly three miles northwest of the air station and moved eastward.

UPDATE: Camp Pendleton is reporting that crews spent Tuesday evening fighting a fire caused by afternoon training.

By nightfall, the blaze had scorched some 250 acres and was 80 percent contained, Camp Pendleton reported.

The fire was nearly three miles northwest of the air station and moved eastward. Smoke could be seen throughout Southwest Riverside County.

Assets fighting the fire included one fixed wing aircraft, one helicopter and four strike teams from Camp Pendleton, as well as other local jurisdictions. 

There are no reports of injuries or threats to structures.

The base has been holding controlled burns this week to prevent wildfires; late Tuesday afternoon, Cal Fire reported a total of four fires were burning on Camp Pendleton. --Daniel Woolfolk contributed to this report.

 

ORIGINAL POST: Smoke seeping over the valley Tuesday afternoon is due to a controlled burn on Camp Pendleton, base officials are reporting.

The fire is located on the east side of the base.

According to officials, this is the time of year when controlled burns on the base are more prevalent, provided weather conditions permit.

Just Sayin' June 27, 2012 at 01:48 AM
They were going to have a prescribed burn, but it had been canceled before these fires started. This was not part of the prescribed burn, as far as I have heard. They will usually start a prescribed burn a lot earlier in the day when the winds are lower.
Bubba June 27, 2012 at 03:57 AM
The Camp Pendleton Patch is reporting this a little differently: "Crews are fighting a fire caused by artillery training on Camp Pendleton. As of 5:30 p.m., it has scorched more than 200 acres and 15 percent of it is contained."
justme June 27, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I smell smoke REALLY strong right now...live in Wildomar
Anthony June 27, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Comming home from work in Hemet you could see the haze and smell the smoke. I felt some miner throat irratation. Not happy about having to breath this smokey air. Thank goodness I have an "Air Purifier" in my room along with a couple plants. Threw on the Purifier and misted my plants and all was right with the world!
Susimom June 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I hope they get it out soon. My son is in base right now training. But I'm not worried. They know what they are doing :)

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