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Live Updates: Firefighters Continue To Battle Creek Fire In Fallbrook

Firefighters observe the Creek Fire from their firetruck in Fallbrook, Dec. 2...

Photo by Jacob Aere

Above: Firefighters observe the Creek Fire from their firetruck in Fallbrook, Dec. 24, 2020.

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Fire Information

Last Updated: 5:26 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020

Status: Active

Location: North County: Fallbrook, Camp Pendleton

Percentage Contained: 90%

Acres Burned: 4,276

Firefighters were mopping up Saturday from the wind-driven Creek Fire, which had burned 4,276 acres and was 65% contained Saturday morning, officials said. By Saturday evening, it was 90% contained.

As of Thursday evening, "the fire was pretty much knocked down and they have it completely encircled," said Frank Parra, National City Fire Department director of emergency services, citing a report from a fire strike team captain on the scene. "They've released all outside fire resources, and it's now just local fire resources involved."

Listen to this story by Jacob Aere.

The brush fire, which erupted late Wednesday night in the 37000 block of De Luz Road near Fallbrook, grew to 3,050 acres Thursday, prompting mandatory evacuations and road closures.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for homes on De Luz Road, Main Avenue, Dougherty Street and Ceramic, Darla and Shady lanes in Fallbrook and De Luz Housing and Lake O'Neill campground on Camp Pendleton. That evacuation order was lifted Thursday night and about 7,000 residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District issued a smoke advisory for residents near Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton, warning that smoke will likely impact the area and that residents should assume the air quality levels are unhealthy for all people. Residents were advised to remain indoors, if possible, and limit physical activities in areas that smell like smoke.

The Creek Fire was first reported about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and it was unclear what sparked the blaze, which erupted amid a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service for high winds and low humidity.

The flames were pushed by the wind into Camp Pendleton early Thursday morning, according to the North County Fire Protection District, and by 6 a.m. had burned 750 acres.

Because of steep terrain, difficult access and high wind speeds, the blaze quickly spread over a much wider area.

No structural damage has been reported from the Creek Fire.

— City News Service

Reported by Jacob Aere , Video by Matthew Bowler

RELATED: What You Need To Know If There’s A Fire

Emergency Supply Checklist

–Three-day supply of nonperishable food and three gallons of water per person.

– Map marked with at least two evacuation routes.

– Prescriptions or special medications.

– Change of clothing.

– Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses.

– An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler's checks.

– First aid kit.

– Flashlight.

– Battery-powered radio and extra batteries.

– Sanitation supplies.

– Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)

– Don't forget pet food and water!

Source: CAL FIRE

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A wind-driven brush fire that erupted near Fallbrook grew to 3,050 acres Thursday morning, prompting mandatory evacuations and road closures.

Aired: December 24, 2020 | Transcript

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