Creek Fire near Fallbrook 65% contained

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The Creek Fire extends into Camp Pendleton west of DeLuz Road as firefighters work at containment, Dec. 24. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

FALLBROOK – Firefighters were mopping up today from the wind-driven Creek Fire, which had burned 4,276 acres and was 65% contained, officials said.
As of Thursday evening, “the fire was pretty much knocked down and they have it completely encircled,” said Frank Parra, National City Fire Department director of emergency services, citing a report from a fire strike team captain on the scene. “They’ve released all outside fire resources, and it’s now just local fire resources involved.”
The brush fire, which erupted late Wednesday night in the 37000 block of De Luz Road near Fallbrook, grew to 3,050 acres Thursday, prompting mandatory evacuations and road closures.
Mandatory evacuations were issued for homes on De Luz Road, Main Avenue, Dougherty Street and Ceramic, Darla and Shady lanes in Fallbrook and DeLuz Housing and Lake O’Neill campground on Camp Pendleton. That evacuation order was lifted Thursday night and about 7,000 residents were allowed to return to their homes.
The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District issued a smoke advisory for residents near Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton, warning that smoke will likely impact the area and that residents should assume the air quality levels are unhealthy for all people. Residents were advised to remain indoors,
if possible, and limit physical activities in areas that smell like smoke.
The Creek Fire was first reported about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and it was unclear what sparked the blaze, which erupted amid a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service for high winds and low humidity.
The flames were pushed by the wind into Camp Pendleton early Thursday morning, according to the North County Fire Protection District, and by 6 a.m. had burned 750 acres.
Because of steep terrain, difficult access and high wind speeds, the blaze quickly spread over a much wider area.
No structural damage has been reported from the Creek Fire.