OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Crews managed to contain a brush fire that spread near a North County community Sunday afternoon, forcing some residents to evacuate.

The blaze spread up to 75 acres after breaking out in an open area off Wala Drive, one of the last residential streets bordering Camp Pendleton on its southeast side, according to Oceanside Police Department and other officials who held a news conference that evening.

Oceanside Police Department evacuated a small number of homes “out of an abundance of caution,” announcing the orders on Twitter around 1:20 p.m. They included residents in the following areas:

  • All of Wala Drive
  • 300 block of Rimhurst Court
  • 300 block of Shadow Tree Drive

Authorities set up an evacuation center at nearby El Camino High School, which is located on Rancho Del Oro Road.

By Sunday evening, the residents were allowed to return home.

Officials said to expect street closures in the immediate area to clear the way for fire trucks and other equipment. They also asked people to avoid driving through the neighborhood or flying drones overhead, as air support was expected to help fight the flames.

Black smoke billowed from the area and could be seen throughout North County.

Cal Fire San Diego said crews from its agency were helping Oceanside Fire Department. Officials with the North County Fire Protection District, Vista, Encinitas and Carlsbad fire departments were also involved.

Camp Pendleton, the U.S. Marine Corps base, has ample open space and frequently burns in brush fires. In the Sunday evening press conference, officials said that the fire had crossed over into the territory.

Smoke could be seen throughout northern San Diego County as a brush fire burned near Camp Pendleton, prompting evacuations in a small Oceanside community on June 12, 2022. (KSWB)

Check back for updates to this developing story.