Brush Fire at Camp Pendleton Grows to 1,500 Acres; Evacuations Ordered

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A brush fire burning at Camp Pendleton scorched at least 1,500 acres as of Sunday morning, according to the Marine Corps website.

The flames also forced a series of evacuations, officials said.

“Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton evacuated approximately 30 patients to local area hospitals and is not accepting new patients due to a power outage,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.

There was no immediate threat to the hospital, according to the Marine Corps.

Residents living at the O’Neill Heights housing facility were also evacuated, officials said.


Flames race around Camp Pendleton (Credit: Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz, US Marine Corps)

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon and was fueled by hot, dry conditions.  It caused minor damage to four buildings.

The area is closed to all traffic at DeLuz Road at Vandergrift Boulevard and Santa Margarita Road at Vandergrift Boulevard, according to the Marine Corps.

Eight ground crews and nine brush trucks were brought in to battle the flames, the Marine Corps said.

They were assisted by six air tankers, five helicopters, and two other air craft.

The blaze was 15 percent contained as of midnight.