**San Mateo Fire now 97% contained; remains 1,500 acres

(UPDATE Sun.., May 18, 7:45 p.m.)

Authorities on Camp Pendleton have announced that the San Mateo Fire is now 97% contained at 1,500 acres.

(UPDATE Sun., May 18, 3:45 p.m.)

Marine Corps authorities have just reported that the San Mateo Fire is now 80% contained.

(UPDATE Sun., May 18, 9:30 a.m.)

According to officials on Camp Pendleton, the San Mateo Fire that was reported at 11:24 a.m. Friday has now burned 1,500 acres and is currently listed as 55% contained.

(UPDATE, Sat., May 17, 11:25 a.m.)

San Mateo Fire on Camp Pendleton now 25% contained at 1,000 acres

CAMP PENDLETON – The San Mateo Fire (Combat Fire) that was reported at 11:24 a.m. Friday has burned 1,000 acres and is currently listed as 25% contained.

The School of Infantry-West (52 Area) evacuation order has been lifted. All personnel can return via the I-5 and Basilone Rd. gate to the 52 Area.

Evacuation orders for Camp San Mateo (62 Area), Camp Las Pulgas (43 Area), Camp Las Flores (41 Area), Camp Margarita (33 Area), Marine Air Support Squadron 3 (32 Area) and Camp Vado Del Rio (25 Area) remain in effect.

(UPDATE 10 p.m., Fri., May 16)

Camp Pendleton fire update; San Onofre Housing Evacuation Lifted

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The San Onofre Housing evacuation order has been lifted. Residents in the San Onofre Housing Area 1, 2 and three may return to their homes. Residents are instructed to use the I-5 to the San Onofre Gate and use Basilone Road as the route.

The Talega Fire is now being named the San Mateo Fire (Combat Fire) that was reported at has burned 800 acres and is currently listed as 25% contained.

The Las Pulgas fire first reported at has grown to 15,000 acres burned and 40% containment. The Tomahawk fire that started on Naval Weapons Station Fall Brook is currently listed at 6,500 acres burned and 65% containment.

Evacuation orders for Camp San Mateo (62 Area), The School of Infantry-West (52 Area), Camp Las Pulgas (43 Area), Camp Las Flores (41 Area), Camp Margarita (33 Area), Marine Air Support Squadron 3 (32 Area) and Camp Vado Del Rio (25 Area) remain in effect.

Shelter in place orders for Camp Horno (53 Area), Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton (24 Area) and Camp Chappo (22/23 Area) remain in effect.

The cause of the fires are under investigation.


(UPDATE Fri., May 16, 2:15 p.m.)

CAMP PENDLETON – The Talega Fire is currently listed as 0% contained. All personnel in the 62 Area, San Onofre Housing Area, and School of Infantry West are hereby ordered to evacuate.

SOI-W will evacuate via Basilone Rd West, I-5 South and report to Edson Range.

The San Onofre Housing Areas should evacuate via I-5 South and report to the Del Mar area gym and utilize the Del Mar housing gate for access.

All personnel in the 62 area are to evacuate and head to the Paige Fieldhouse via Christiantos Rd West, I-5 South and State Route 76.

Due to the current fires, the Commanding General of Camp Pendleton directed that all non-essential personnel were sent home at noon.

The evacuation orders for Camp Las Pulgas, Camp Margarita, Camp Las Flores and the MASS-3 remain in effect.

The Las Pulgas gate remains closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles. Stuart Mesa Road north of Assault Craft Unit-5, Basilone Road from Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton to Camp Horno, and well as Las Pulgas Road remain closed. Ammunition Road aboard Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook is also still closed.

The cause of the fires are under investigation.

(PREVIOUS STORY, Friday, May 16, 1:39 p.m.)

Camp Pendleton reports new fire in Talega area; no threat to Fallbrook

Authorities on Camp Pendleton have reported a new fire started in the Talega area of the Base at 11:24 a.m. today and is currently listed at 25 acres.

All personnel in the 62 Area are under evacuation and directed to the Paige Fieldhouse via Christiantos Rd West, I-5 South, and State Route 76.

Due to the current fires, the Commanding General of Camp Pendleton directed that all non-essential personnel were sent home at noon.

20 Responses to "**San Mateo Fire now 97% contained; remains 1,500 acres"

  1. Ernie   May 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you for this information. Still hasn’t hit any of the local news.

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  2. Janet Smith   May 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Just so people don’t panic – this fire is no where NEAR the San Clemente housing area called Talega – it’s miles and miles away!!! A better name would be he Las Pulgas or San Onofre fire….

    VILLAGE NEWS NOTE: There is already a Las Pulgas Fire – but thanks for the info

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  3. Kim   May 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I drove to the end of La Plata in San Clemente by the animal shelter and the fire is in the canyon behind the industrial park- planes were dumping water- I could see reflection of flames in the smoke. The road going nack to the dog park is closed and there were a lot of cars and trucks coming out of the area

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  4. Shellbug   May 16, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Can see the Talega fire from North San Clemente. Big plume of dark smoke towards the south east. Was really smoky this a.m..but not too bad now.
    No news coverage that I can find.

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  5. Mike   May 16, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I agree. The fire started in San Mateo Canyon near Trestles. It’s not in Talega, but people should still be aware of how this fire moves throughout the night as it is getting bigger by the minute. I was surfing today at Trestles and there were 6 Pendleton choppers dumping water from the ocean but it looks like it was already threatening some of the buildings on base. We were told to evacuate Christianitos Road as mere the marines and some of the south San Clemente rural tracts.

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  6. Patrick B   May 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Here is report from base about Talega fire:

    http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/updates/base-evacuations-in-new-camp-pendleton-fire-05-16-14-1514/

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  7. Ryan   May 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Actually @Janet I work in the Business Park adjacent to Talega in San Clemente, near the animal shelter. With the heat today, should there be a slight wind shift, I would be concerned. I have already notified my friends and family in Talega, presidential heights, and friends who live on el Salvador to take percaution. I can see flames directly out my office window. The fire is on base, however very close to San Clemente state park.

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  8. Mike   May 16, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    …and by the way, it is only a mile from San Mateo Canyon to the south end of Talega Canyon so it’s not too far away. This new fire actually can advance towards Talega if the wind pushes it north.

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  9. Lise Yakut   May 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    How close or how far is it to the Temecula DE LUZ area, Via Vaquero and Sandia Creek?

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  10. ...   May 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    That’s good, wouldn’t want those $1,000,000 homes to burn down. Just us lesser folk in Onofre should panic

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  11. Bunny   May 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    question is: how close to the power plant is it, please?

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  12. redbaron057   May 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Janet Smith is partially correct, but by "miles and miles" she may be misinformed and a bit naive on how fire spreads. :-

    The fire is only a few miles from the very end of Avenida Pico, which is the nearest junction point between the Talega community and Camp Pendleton. If you drive to the top of La Pata near the dog parks and Steed Park, the fire is very close. With the right push of wind and embers – this could easily spread quickly.

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  13. Missy   May 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    We are fine ! ! Don’t cause panic! LaPata is closed due to so many people driving up there the look. The road is all NO PARKING along the sides, and people were driving and parking all over. It has not entered ANY ORANGE COUNTY LAND. The fire remains on Base. I hate people who cause drama. I live here… off of Pico, in Talega… WE ARE FINE !

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  14. Missy   May 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    A message to Orange County from the Orange County Fire Authority:

    There is no threat to Orange County at this time. The Operational Area Public Information Hotline has been activated to help reduce the impact to the 911 system. The Public Information Hotline is 714-628-7085. At this time, there are no evacuations or road closures in Orange County.

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  15. Bunny   May 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you all for your great reporting on this fire situation!

    I am not from around here…..house-sitting in Fallbrook for a friend…so please, if anyone knows the answer, I would greatly appreciate it:

    How close is the Las Pulgas fire to the nuclear power plant? Please and thank you!!

    People are tweeting evacuations from the plant…..????

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  16. Marcam   May 16, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    THANK YOU to the fire fighters and helicopter drops. From our backyard, we could watch the smoke rising from Camp Pendleton. We could also see flames coming over one of the hills near Fallbrook. Everyone needs to get serious about dry brush clearance. It doesn’t matter when the calendar says it is time to clear the brush. The time is NOW! We have a large vacant field next to our property. The owner of that property needs to get his crew out to work NOW! If a fire started on that it would jeopardize several families who have properties adjoining it. Neighbors should not have to take hoses to water down his fields like they did yesterday! Let’s all use our BRAINS!

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  17. Stay informed   May 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Listen to the scanner for the fire department at http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/1713/?rl=rr they are giving updates every so often on the status of there fire

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  18. Dr. Marcus von W   May 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Comment #11 is really stupid and repulsive (which I figure you knew, as you were too cowardly and ashamed to post your name)….a little Marxist “class hatred” perhaps, or just envy and resentment for someone who owns something nice that you don’t have, like the kind of people who will key the paint job on a nice car just because they didn’t take care of their car and it looks like junk.

    My mother lives on Sandia Creek – she’s not some “evil rich capitalist oppressor of working class” or whatever nonsense people with your mentality and attitude spout (and what if she was wealthy – this is AMERICA, where we are allowed – and, GASP!, encouraged to make money and be prosperous), just someone who arrived in California in the early 1960’s as a single mother of 2 small kids with everything she owned in a suitcase in the the trunk of a beat-up old Chevy, worked hard all her life, saved her money, went without a lot of stuff for a lot of years, and was able to buy a nice house in a nice area years ago for less than what your average suburban tract home goes for now.

    It’s a shame when anyone anywhere loses everything they own and have worked and saved for, and fire is no respecter of any real or imagined wealth, class, or privilege.

    EDITOR: Dr Marcus, we don’t allow names as we can’t verify every comment and the possible liability associated with some comments makes it necessary. Thank you

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  19. Art Ist   May 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    So NOW you will finally cut back the brush in back of your houses as recommended to give the firepersons a chance to protect your homes? NOT!

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  20. patrick   May 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    We have reservations at State Park San Mateo Campground
    next week. Is the campground part of the Camp Pendelton
    fires? (our favorite campground from long Beach) Pat

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