Christmas Eve brush fire forces more than 7,000 Fallbrook residents to evacuate

The Creek Fire extends into U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton west of De Luz Road as firefighters work at containment, Dec. 24. Village News/Shane Gibson photo
Evacuations were lifted by Thursday evening, and the 4,200-acre Creek Fire was 98% contained at press time A large brush fire that broke out in De Luz late Dec. 23 spread into U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and triggered mandatory evacuations in Fallbrook early Dec. 24 – an unwelcome Christmas Eve surprise for the thousands of Fallbrook residents who were forced to leave their homes. The fire’s size had been expanded to more than 3,000 acres with 0% containment Thursday morning, but authorities said at the time that firefighters had encircled the blaze and expected to control it. By Dec. 28, the fire was 98% contained at about 4,200 acres. Homes along much of the northwestern corner of Fallbrook were placed under evacuation orders Wednesday night and much of Thursday, as the
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