Fire burns at center of Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A fire burning at Camp Pendleton has claimed about 50 acres in the Basilone and San Mateo areas, according to the North County Fire Protection District.

The blaze erupted in the late morning, said Capt. Luke Weaver, a spokesman for the northern San Diego County Marine Corps installation.

As of late afternoon, the flames had blackened roughly 50 acres in an area “basically at the center of the base,” Weaver said.

It was unclear what sparked the blaze, which was posing no structural threats, the captain said.

The blaze does not pose a threat to the District according to fire officials, but smoke was visible from nearby communities, including Fallbrook, where residents reported seeing and smelling traces of smoke.

We will update this developing story as we learn more.