Wildfire that burned about 2,200 acres on Camp Pendleton 93 percent contained

Fire started Saturday afternoon

CAMP PENDLETON - A wildfire that blackened about 2,200 acres of Camp Pendleton over the last three days was 93 percent contained Tuesday evening.

The blaze erupted early Saturday afternoon close to Lake O'Neill, near the center of the U.S. Marine Corps installation, according to Camp Pendleton's public affairs office.

The intense flames damaged four modular buildings and three vehicles but caused no reported injuries, military officials said.

A total of 195 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire and other agencies remained on the lines Tuesday evening.

In the hours after the blaze began spreading, about 330 residents of the O'Neill Heights military housing area were evacuated. They were able to return home late Sunday afternoon.

Roughly 30 patients at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton were transferred to Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside and Naval Medical Center San Diego in Balboa Park due to the fire. They were brought back Sunday morning, when the hospital resumed normal operations, officials said.

The cause was under investigation, but base officials said it did not begin in an artillery training area.

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