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Live Updates: #SierraFire Burns 1,000 Acres On Camp Pendleton Now 20% Contained

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KPBS Staff
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Fire Information

Status: Active

Location: Camp Pendleton

Percentage Contained: 20%

Acres Burned: 1,000

Evacuations: Yes

Evacuation Location: Paige Fieldhouse

– 10:26 a.m., Thursday, June 10, 2021

A wildfire that blackened 1,000 acres of vegetation on the land of Camp Pendleton was 20% contained Tuesday morning, the base's public-affairs office said.

The blaze began spreading out of control toward the eastern side of the Marine Corps installation about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, fire officials said.

Authorities cleared people out of various areas on the installation Wednesday afternoon, including Lake O'Neill Campground, as a precaution.

By 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, the fire had burned 925 acres and was 0% contained, according to the base's public-affairs office

Around 5:20 a.m. Thursday, the burn zone had grown to about 1,000 acres and was 20% contained, the public-affairs office reported.

"Visible flames are in burnt areas and pose no threat," base officials reported.

All evacuation orders were lifted by 8 p.m. Wednesday, and no roads were closed on the base.

Fire crews had been setting and monitoring brush-clearing controlled burns on the base this week, but it was not immediately clear if that activity was related to the wildfire. – City News Service

– 7:41 p.m., Wednesday June 9, 2021

A wildfire called the Sierra Fire has broken out around 2:30 p.m. east of the 33 area on Camp Pendleton, prompting mandatory evacuations.

Camp Pendleton Fire Department is working to combat the blaze.

This comes during a week when the Wildland Fire School is in session. However, no word yet on what started the fire.

Meanwhile, the North County Fire Protection District is monitoring the situation as well and reports there is no threat to the district at this time.

— KPBS staff

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