Camp Pendleton fires scorch hundreds of acres

Camp Pendleton fires scorch thousands of acres
Posted at 9:57 AM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-08 13:57:17-04

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (KGTV) - Three fires at Camp Pendleton have burned more than 1,600 acres Saturday.

Two brush fires, the Vandegrift and Horno incidents, began Friday on the base, according to base officials.

The Vandegrift Incident began at about 11:29 a.m. in the Mainside area from Santa Margarita to De Luz. Evacuations were ordered for DeLuz housing and O'Neill Heights housing, but those have since reopened to residents. Several office buildings and a child development center were also evacuated.

The Horno Incident was reported at about 6:30 p.m. Friday and was the focus of firefighting efforts overnight into Saturday.

Camp Pendleton officials said the smallest of the fires at Range 409 had burned close to 40 acres by Saturday evening and did not pose a danger to structures or personnel.

Assisting in the military firefighting efforts are firefighters from CAL FIRE, U.S. Forestry Service, Oceanside, Orange County and San Marcos Fire Departments.

“Without this type of support we can’t set up strategic plans to fight fast moving fires,” said Chief Carlos Camarena, Division Chief with CPFD, from the Horno Incident site. “Here at Camp Pendleton we depend on this mutual aid quite frequently, particularly when we have multiple fires and start depleting our own resources.” 



The Vandegrift fire maintained its earlier acreage and containment levels. The Horno fire spread to 1,200 acres and was 30 percent contained.


CAMP PENDLETON FIRE 8:01 A.M. The Vandegrift Incident has reached 560 acres and is 70 percent contained, while the Horno Incident is now 1,000 acres and 0 percent contained, according to Camp Pendleton.



DeLuz Housing has been approved to be reoccupied, following fires at Camp Pendleton. DeLuz Rd. remains closed and access is only available through 19th St. and Marine Dr.