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Tomahawk Fire Jumps Containment Line; Fallbrook Evacuation Orders Lifted

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Tomahawk fire

Thursday childcare is available at these locations:

  • Children enrolled in the infant to toddler program at Deluz CDC can use the Fisher Children's Center.
  • Children enrolled in the preschool to school age program at Deluz CDC and children enrolled in the SAC at Mary Fay Pendleton can use the San Luis Rey CDC.
  • Children enrolled in the SAC at San Onofre elementary can drop their children off at San Onofre CDC.
  • Children enrolled in the SAC at North Terrace, Santa Margarita, and Stuart Mesa elementary can drop their children off at Abby Reinke Youth and Teen Center.
  • There will be no hourly care capabilities at Fisher Children's Center Thursday due to the Deluz CDC closure.

Children must currently be enrolled in the School Age Care Program in order to take advantage of care for Thursday.

Source: Camp Pendleton Scout Facebook page

The 6,000 acre Tomahawk Fire has grown past the containment line and is approaching the city of Fallbrook, the San Diego County sheriff's department reports.

There is an evacuation order for Olive Hill Road in Fallbrook between Ladera Vista Road and South Mission Road. Both Camp Las Pulgas and Camp Margarita were also ordered to evacuate.

According to the Camp Pendleton Scout Facebook page, evacuation orders for De Luz housing were lifted Thursday afternoon.

The so-called Tomahawk fire spread mostly to a detachment of Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, according to Navy Region Southwest. The fire has been largely extinguished, with some spot fires remaining and mop-up operations continuing.

"An initial survey of the damage on the base indicates some damage to uninhabited outbuildings, but no damage to inhabited structures or munitions-related structures," Navy Region Southwest reports. "The base remains closed to all but essential personnel."

After a preliminary survey, Smith said one outbuilding was destroyed but it was scheduled for demolition. He said two additional outbuildings were damaged.

"Of course people are always concerned about munitions storage — none of our structures associated with munitions storage or operates were damaged during the fire," Smith said.

By Thursday afternoon, the De Luz Housing power had been fully restored and the evacuation order was been lifted, according to Navy Region Southwest.

The De Luz Child Development Center was also closed Thursday but will be open Friday for normal hours of operation. Children enrolled in the SAC at Mary Fay Pendleton can drop their children off at San Luis Rey CDC. Children enrolled in the SAC at San Onofre elementary can drop their children off at San Onofre CDC.

The blaze started around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook on the outskirts of Camp Pendleton, then spread onto the North County Marine Corps installation. Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook lost power and will be closed Thursday.

Authorities evacuated the station along with military housing in the De Luz area, where the fire also knocked out power and damaged about 40 lines, base officials said.

Base officials aid nearly 900 evacuees sought shelter at Camp Pendleton's Paige Field House, located aboard Mainside.

Camp Pendleton Fire Department is working with Cal Fire, North County Fire, Orange County Fire, and Oceanside Fire to battle the blaze.

A webcam view of the fire is available by clicking here.

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