Massive fire continues to burn at Camp Pendleton

Las Pulgas Fire has burned at least 8,000 acres

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  • Evacuation orders for Camp Las Pulgas, Camp Margarita, Camp Las Flores and 32 Area remain in effect.
  • The Las Pulgas gate remains closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles. Stuart Mesa Road north of Assault Craft Unit-5 remains closed.
  • Basilone Road from Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton to Camp Horno, as well as Las Pulgas Road remain closed. Ammunition Road aboard Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook also remains closed.

Crews battled three at Camp Pendleton on Friday, including one that grew overnight from 600 acres to 8,000, according to base officials.

The fast-moving Las Pulgas Fire broke out about 3:15 p.m. Thursday near a sewage plant in the Las Pulgas area and has led to hundreds of evacuations. It had grown to about 15,000 acres and was about 40 percent contained Saturday.


Another fire broke out at Camp Pendleton -- dubbed the San Mateo Fire -- and began spreading just before 11:30 a.m. Friday near Basilone Road, according to Cal Fire. By mid-morning Saturday, it had grown to about 1,000 acres and was 25 percent contained, the state agency reported.

The third fire -- known as the Tomahawk Fire -- erupted on Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook at the eastern outskirts of Camp Pendleton about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday and later spread to the Marine base. It has blackened about 6,500 acres and was 75 percent contained Saturday morning, according to military officials. The Fallbrook Navy facility lost power and remained closed Saturday.

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