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Brush Fire Forces Evacuation At Camp Pendleton

The main gate of Camp Pendleton Marine Base is shown in this undated photo.

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS / LENNY IGNELZI

Above: The main gate of Camp Pendleton Marine Base is shown in this undated photo.

UPDATE: 2:10 p.m., Sept. 30, 2020

A brush fire at Camp Pendleton on Wednesday afternoon is forcing base officials to implement a preliminary evacuation.

The fire started around 1:30 p.m on the West side of De Luz Road and is moving east, according to a tweet from the base.

Deluz Fire as taken by Oceanside resident Chelsea Bradley

The cause of the fire was unknown, 1st Lt. Charlotte Dennis said and as of 2:10 p.m., the forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

There was some threat to structures near the De Luz housing area and officials have ordered an evacuation as a precautionary measure. There has been no change to the evacuation order as of 2:10 p.m., Dennis said.

At one point, two tankers and helicopters assisted in the firefighting effort. Both tankers have been released but two helicopters remain on scene to help the ground crew with containment and mop up, Southern California Air Operations said in a tweet.

Additionally, North County Fire Protection District was sending resources to help stop the spread of the fire.

North County Transit District has also detoured its FLEX Route 392 bus away from the northern portion of Vandergrift Boulevard to Rattlesnake Canyon Road because of the fire.

Children at the school on base have been evacuated to Paige Field House and parents are urged to pick their children up from there.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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