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Brush Fire Reported at Camp Pendleton

A brush fire was broke out Saturday afternoon at Camp Pendleton.  The flames damaged several buildings and forced the evacuations of a hospital and a housing area, officials said.

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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.


A brush fire at Camp Pendleton burned more than 1,000 acres, damaged three buildings and forced the evacuation of a housing area, officials said Sunday.


Smoke rises from a fire at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / October 5, 2013)

The fire broke out about 12:45 p.m. Saturday in the Lake O’Neil area of the sprawling base. Residents from the O’Neil Heights housing area were evacuated to the Paige Fieldhouse.

Minor damage was reported to three buildings but there were no injuries.

More than 200 firefighters from the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were battling the blaze. They were assisted by air-dropping helicopters.

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