New fire at Camp Pendleton prompts evacuations

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A third wildfire broke out at Camp Pendleton Friday, prompting evacuations in the northwestern sector of the base, Marine officials said.

The fire started at about 11:30 a.m. in the Talega area of the base, a training area that includes live-fire ranges and combat training facilities. Base officials did not say how the fire started, but it had spread to about 700+ acres by Friday night. It remains at 0% contained.

A base public affairs officer told Fox 5 that most of the northern half of the base had been ordered to evacuate, including:

  • the Camp San Mateo office complex
  • the Camp San Onofre family housing area
  • the School of Infantry

Two other large fires continue to burn out of control on the base. The Pulgas Fire had grown to 14,500 acres by Friday night and is 0% contained. The Tomahawk fire had burned an estimated 6,500 acres and was 65 percent contained as of 7:45 p.m., according to base officials.

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