Camp Pendleton fire burns more than 1,000 acres
A fire burning on Camp Pendleton has now consumed
an estimated 1,000 acres, authorities said.
The blaze caused the evacuation of a nearby housing area and hospital
patients, damaged three buildings and sent smoke billowing into the air, base
The non-injury fire was reported about 12:45 p.m. near Lake O'Neill near
the center of the post, according to the officials, who said the fire was 15
percent contained as of 10:45 p.m.
The firefighters continued their efforts into the night and the
officials if air support would continue in the dark.
About 230 residents of the O'Neill Heights housing area were evacuated
to the Paige Fieldhouse, base officials said.
About 30 patients of the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton were evacuated to
area hospitals, they said.
The fire caused minor damage to three buildings, base officials said.
Smoke was visible from Interstate 5 in Oceanside, where motorists called
911 as they encountered it. The fire also was visible in Fallbrook and other
areas in North County, authorities said.
Camp Pendleton firefighters were dispatched to battle the blaze, as were
Cal Fire engines, air tankers and a helicopter, according to base officials
and Cal Fire.