'Combat Fire' 95 Percent Contained

The fire has scorched some 450 acres, according to officials.

Last update: 11:20p.m. Wednesday

Crews fighting a 450-acre wildfire at Camp Pendleton had the burn area about 95 percent contained Wednesday morning.

The blaze, which has posed no threats to military or civilian structures, erupted on a large training ground in the southeastern reaches of the Marine Corps installation about 3 p.m. Monday.

One base firefighter suffered mild smoke inhalation and another sustained minor burns while battling the flames, Camp Pendleton spokesman Jeff Nyhart said. Both were treated at a hospital and released.

The blaze was no longer spreading as of 6 p.m., though it was still generating some plumes of light smoke, according to Nyhart.

The origin of the fire apparently was "training related," he said, adding that the exact cause remained under investigation.

—City News Service

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Vin Carrillo July 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM
The Camp Pendleton Fire Department link = "The page you requested was not found." Wish you folks would stop using ScamBook as a resource. Other than posting a couple pictures of friends and family it is a worthless and annoying resource. And I use "resource" loosely.
Daniel Woolfolk July 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Thanks for the comment, Vin. Those are official channels from the agencies on post. They won't send out releases in real time and media aren't allowed on base. So we have to use them.
Fauntleroy Murphy July 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The amount of smoke in the valley shows us just how devistating the dust blowing in from the quarry could be!
James Q. July 17, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Soooo true!!
Cyclist July 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Murphy, wow, that's a jump.
Cyclist July 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Murphy, wow, that's a jump.
Marc Schroeder July 18, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Steve, as a true fiscal Conservative who would like to see America's military reduced to a defensive one in order to save $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, I would like to see Camp Pendleton converted to Parkland. An added benefit would be a reduction of fires as most on base are caused by combat training. All "Tree Huggers" are welcome to join me. : )
Gary Headrick July 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Part 1- Interesting comments about the dust. Here is another consideration. If you smelled smoke from the general vicinity of San Onofre, consider it a real-world example of where radiation might travel in the event of a meltdown. The only difference is that you can't detect radiation with any of your senses. Don't forget that once it is out into the environment, you will be living with radioactive contamination for generations to come. If you live within smelling distance of the fire, your property will become worthless and you will leave (if you are lucky), with whatever you can take with you, never to return again. It will be in the ground, the water, the air. It will be transported by wind and rain and any disturbance on the ground for the foreseeable future. You can live like those in Japan, who for generations will be wondering if their food and water is safe to drink, or if it is even safe to go outside and play. Will your children be suffering from heart defects, bone cancer, leukemia, genetic deformation from this point forward? We've managed to get by without San Onofre for nearly half a year now. Something tells me we don't need to live with this risk. Let's start decommissioning now, put highly radioactive waste into Hardened On Site Storage (HOSS) instead of keeping it in unprotected pools of water.
Gary Headrick July 19, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Part 2- We can keep people employed at the plant for years to come doing the important task of managing the process in a safe and efficient manner, being custodians of this menacing waste until there is a permanent solution somewhere safe from vast populations. It is up to us. This is the time when people will look back on our decision at this critical time in history. Will they be wondering what the Hell we were thinking if we let something tragic happen after all of the advanced warnings we got. It is a question of moral integrity. How will you respond? Write to gary@sanclementegreen.org if you want to be on the right side of history. It will take all of us to overcome the influence of a well established and endlessly rich monopoly.
Marc Schroeder July 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Steve, please keep your labels to yourself, I could think of a few for you as well but then the discussion deteriorates into childish name calling that is of no use to anyone. You made a good point about the munitions on the ground, however there are many areas in San Diego with tract homes built on them where the area was used as military training grounds and live rounds are still being found. If not a park? How about a wildlife sanctuary with solar panels or wind powered electrical generators? I am sure there would be no shortage of uses found for such a rare resource as Camp Pendleton. Whatever this use was decided to be? There would be jobs created, I can't say how many. America's military must be downsized whether you like it or not. We simply cannot afford it anymore. I would much rather borrow from China to have excess military personnel repair America's crumbling infrastructure instead of instigating more hate against America as they are currently doing.
LifeinTtown July 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
What does any of this have to do with the story you all are commenting on?
Marc Schroeder July 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Steve, I do support most of Ron Paul's ideas, I just don't appreciate your childish name calling. What I wrote is "rather borrow from China" the key word being rather. You were the one brought up the lost jobs that are being financed by borrowing to fund the war machine. If employment is the reason for doing so? I would rather have those jobs be doing something productive that benefits the American people, not just creating endless conflict and wars as the majority of our federal funding currently does.
jeff s July 20, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Hey.. ever notice that marines and national guard troops and helicopters help battle fires every year? Just sayin...


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