Evacuations lifted in Tomahawk Fire

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Evacuated Fallbrook residents were allowed to return home Thursday night as a fire that charred about 6,500 acres on and near Camp Pendleton continued to burn and another fire scorched more than 50 acres of brush on the other side of the base.

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The so-called Tomahawk Fire erupted for unknown reasons around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Fallbrook facility on the outskirts of Camp Pendleton, and then spread onto the North County Marine Corps installation. Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook lost power and was closed Friday.

Residents of the approximately 500 Fallbrook households on Olive Hill Road between South Mission and Burma roads received an evacuation message via phone, email or text message because the fire temporarily threatened to spread off base, according to sheriff's officials.

They were later allowed to return home, but were advised that Olive Hill and Burma roads remained closed at Sleeping Indian Road.

The Tomahawk Fire, the first of the fires near Camp Pendleton, burned around 6,500 acres at Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook and on the eastern side of Camp Pendleton amid dry, blisteringly hot conditions and was 75 percent contained as of Saturday morning, base officials said.

Another fire broke out on Wednesday on the eastern side of Interstate 5, near Las Pulgas Road, about 15 minutes after the first, according to the California Highway Patrol. The blaze, which was possibly caused by a fire that engulfed and gutted a box truck, blackened 30 acres and prompted a temporary closure of both sides of the freeway in the area.

Military and civilian crews from several area agencies battled the flames on the ground and from firefighting aircraft.

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