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Crews battling fire on Camp Pendleton

Camp Pendleton Fire
Posted at 10:07 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 11:03:38-04

UPDATE - May 19, 7:55 a.m.
The fire on Camp Pendleton has burned 150 acres but is at 80 percent containment, base officials said. Fire crews are on "patrol status."

UPDATE - May 19, 6:05 a.m.

Camp Pendleton officials said the fire is 65 percent contained and has burned 150 acres. The forward rate of spread was stopped just before 1 a.m.

UPDATE - 10:28 p.m.

Base officials said the blaze has grown to 50 acres and is now 20 percent contained.

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Firefighters are working a 35-acre brush fire Monday night that started in a training area on Camp Pendleton, base officials said.

Camp Pendleton Fire Department crews responded to an 8-acre fire just before 8 p.m., according to Marine Corps Installations West. Officials said the smoke was visible off base.

The fire spread to about 35-acres at around 9:30 p.m., according to officials.

"Update: 35 acres still in training area slow rate of spread," MCIW said in a tweet.

Photos posted on Twitter from a resident about five miles east from the scene show thick plumes of smoke and tall flames glowing along the Camp Pendleton ridgeline.

The area was expected to see a light chance of rain Monday night which may aid the firefighting effort.

"A little precipitation is starting to move in so there is a noticeable decrease in fire activity at this time," tweeted Kevin McClain.

A fire strike team comprised of crews from Vista and Carlsbad fire departments are on scene to help battle the blaze.

No other information is available at this time.

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