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

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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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