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Camp Pendleton fire prompts evacuations on base, sends smoke over North County

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Jun 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-10 13:13:56-04

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (KGTV) — North County residents may see smoke rising from the north, as firefighters battled a 1,000-acre fire on Camp Pendleton on Wednesday.

According to the base, its fire department was battling the fire just east of the 33 area. Mandatory evacuations were ordered on base but were lifted by 5 a.m. on Thursday.

As of Thursday morning, the fire was about 20% contained and did not pose a threat on base.

An evacuation center was established at the base's Paige Fieldhouse. A map of the base is available here.

Camp Pendleton didn't immediately say how the fire began.

According to the North County Fire Protection District, the base was hosting a fire training school on Wednesday.

"The school consists of setting and extinguishing prescribed fires, which provides the fire agencies fire training. They are starting their burns now. Smoke may be visible, but there is no fire threat to our district," North County Fire posted online just after 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, the base said it had canceled CPFD Fire School for June 10 and June 11.