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Wildfires continue to burn thousands of acres on Camp Pendleton

Posted at 1:32 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 17:22:34-04

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (CNS) -- Three wildfires continued burning across open terrain on the grounds of Camp Pendleton Wednesday, sending plumes of smoke over northern San Diego County but posing no threats to military or civilian structures.

The flames began spreading through training areas toward the center of the Marine Corps base on Monday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, base officials said one of the fires, dubbed the Wood Fire, has burned 7,000 acres and is 20 percent contained.

A second fire, called the India Fire, has burned 1,100 acres and is 20 percent contained.

A third fire named the Range Fire is burning in the Range 706 Yankee impact area and has charred 500 acres, according to base officials.

Base officials said the fires are expected to produce smoke through the remainder of the day, and the fires are not posing a threat on or off the base.

Military firefighters have been aided by Cal Fire ground and airborne crews in their effort to corral the blazes.

Officials have disclosed no cause for the fires. It is not uncommon for munitions training to set brushy native vegetation ablaze at the 125,000-acre USMC base north of Oceanside.