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Wildfires Char Thousands Of Acres At Camp Pendleton

Smoke rising from Camp Pendleton as seen from Oceanside on June 9, 2020.

Photo by Alison St John

Above: Smoke rising from Camp Pendleton as seen from Oceanside on June 9, 2020.

A pair of large wildfires continued burning across open terrain on the grounds of Camp Pendleton on Wednesday, sending plumes of smoke over northern San Diego County but posing no threats to military or civilian structures.

The flames, which began spreading through training areas toward the center of the Marine Corps base on Monday, had charred roughly 7,400 acres as of early Wednesday morning, according to Camp Pendleton public affairs.

Photo credit: Camp Pendleton

A graphic showing the wildfires on Camp Pendelton on June 10, 2020.

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.

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