Marines join fight against San Marcos wildfire

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Marine helicopters have joined the battle against an 800-acre wildfire threatening hundreds of homes in the San Marcos area.

Thursday, Camp Pendleton offered 12 helicopters and crews to help fight the fires that continue to burn around San Diego County.

The most dangerous fire is burning out of control south of state Route 78. The Cocos Fire broke out along Cocos Drive about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to Cal Fire. As of early Thurday, at least three structures were destroyed and one was damaged by the fire. Cal Fire officials said Thursday that the Cocos Fire is their No. 1 priority.

Several CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters from Camp Pendleton were deployed to the San Marcos area and were making water drops Thursday morning.

Marines are also fighting fires on Camp Pendleton

Four Cal Fire air tankers were also available for drops in the county Thursday.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said Thursday’s goal was to keep the fire out of Harmony Grove, with an emphasis on structure protection, structure defense and perimeter control. To that end, hundreds of firefighters were brought in “fresh” to work the incident, he said.

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