Fire burning on Camp Pendleton, smoke visible


Firefighters were gaining containment Thursday on a vegetation fire burning on Camp Pendleton that was causing smoke to be visible from the Temecula Valley Monday and Tuesday.

The North County Fire Protection District  in San Diego County first tweeted about 1:20 p.m. Monday that the fire was burning in an impact area on the Marine Corps base.

“Currently the smoke is heading in our direction (toward Fallbrook),” North County Fire spokesman John Choi told the Valley News. “No impact to us.”

Around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Camp Pendleton tweeted that the blaze, being referred to as the “Oak Fire” and burning in the vicinity of Range 409, was expected to cause smoke the rest of the day. The base reported a few hours later, just before 8 p.m., that the fire had blackened about 80 acres and was 35% contained.

By a little after 1 p.m. Wednesday, the fire had grown to 140 acres but was 50% contained. It was holding at the same acreage with 77% containment Thursday morning.

The Murrieta Fire-Rescue Department confirmed via Twitter on Tuesday that there was no active fire in the Murrieta area, though the smoke could still be seen from Riverside County.

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2:10 p.m. Wednesday: This story was updated with the latest containment information.

4 p.m. Thursday: This story was updated with the latest containment information.