Thursday, July 15, 2010
A brush fire sparked by military training exercises at Camp Pendleton is 100 percent contained, having blackened about 3,000 acres, base officials announced today.
The blaze erupted about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Aliso Canyon, near the center of the Marine Corps station, USMC Sgt. Darhonda Rodela of the base's public affairs office said.
Eight hours later, the fire had scorched some 2,700 acres. By then, crews had the flames -- which were posing no immediate threats to inhabited areas of Camp Pendleton or surrounding communities -- about 60 percent contained.
Base officials closed Basilone Road between Roblar and Las Pulgas roads as a precaution.
As of Wednesday morning, Basilone Road was reopened and the blaze was 80 percent contained, said 1st Lt. Justin Smith.
By about 6 p.m. Wednesday, crew had the blaze 100 percent contained and holding at about 3,000 acres, with no structural damage or injuries to report.
Helping military firefighters work to contain the blaze were crews from the U.S. Forest Service and personnel aboard three helicopters from other outside agencies.