Firefighters gain upper hand on Camp Pendleton wildland fire; blaze now 70 percent contained at 1,200 acres
Friday, September 14th, 2012
Issue 37, Volume 16.
Fire authorities have reported that all units on scene will continue to fight the fire through today, Sun., Sept. 16.
Authorities said residents in surrounding communities can expect to continue to see significant smoke pnot Officials said there have not been any reported injuries or damage to any structures during the course of the fire. No existing threats are present to structures or the surrounding community at this time.
The fire began Friday, Sept. 14 during a training exercise at approximately noon in the Quebec Impact Area of the base and has currently burned approximately 1,200 acres.
Officials say the fire is now reportedly 70 percent contained.
Camp Pendleton fire has consumed more than 500 acres, rapidly traveling to the north towards Cleveland National Forest
The Camp Pendleton Fire Department said as of 3 p.m. today, Sat., Sept. 15, that with the help of mutual aid assets, the south and west portions of a wildland range fire has been contained at just over 500 acres.
The fire started Friday, Sept. 14 at approximately noon during a training exercise in the Whiskey Impact Area.
Authorities reported this afternoon that the fire is currently moving rapidly to the north where the base borders the Cleveland National Forest.
Camp Pendleton Fire has received help from mutual aid assets who remain on the scene. One mutual aid helicopter is providing support.
Fire officials reported that currently there are no reports of any injuries or damage to any structures. No structures are currently threatened.
Camp Pendleton battles five brush fires sparked by military training exercises
At shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, authorities on Camp Pendleton reported that firefighters had been battling five small brush fires apparently sparked by military exercises. The fires were spread over open training grounds on the base while temperatures reached sweltering hot numbers.
The group of non-injury blazes began erupting toward the center of the Marine Corps installation in the early afternoon Friday, USMC Lt. Ryan Welsh said.
As military crews were working to contain four fires, a fifth broke out toward the south end of the base about 4 p.m. Within 90 minutes, personnel had contained that burn area toabout six acres.
There were no known structural threats in the early evening, though the flames were "sending up a lot of smoke," Welsh said.
Fires burning on Camp Pendleton
According to First Lt. Ryan Welsh, a number of small fires are burning on Camp Pendleton, in the Whiskey, Quebec and Zulu impact areas, all of which are in the center of the base. Smoke is visible on and off base he said, but there is no threat to personnel or structures.
A press release sent out earlier today stated that Camp Pendleton units will be conducting extended regimental live-fire artillery training exercises in the Whiskey and Zulu impact areas, Friday night through Saturday evening.
Extended firing will be conducting throughout Friday night until 2 a.m., Saturday. Training will resume at 5 a.m. and end by midnight, Saturday.
Regimental live-fire artillery exercises involve approximately 25 Howitzer 155mm cannons. Depending on atmospheric conditions, the sound of the explosions may be amplified and heard up to 50 miles away.
CAMP PENDLETON - More than one fire has been started today, with the first one around noon. The fires are likely the result of live fire training being conducted today and tomorrow. A prior press release from Camp Pendleton warned of noise that would be generated by 25 Howitzer 155 mm cannons.
It appears that there is no threat of structures at this time.
The following general information is found on the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton's fire information pages:
As a result of the nature of some of the live-fire training conducted on Camp Pendleton, impact-area fires are not uncommon. All Camp Pendleton impact-area fires are monitored by base fire fighters to insure they pose no threat to lives or property either on or off base.
Live-fire training ranges surround what is essentially one large impact area in the middle of the base. In recognition of southern California's historical vulnerability to fires, the impact area, the training ranges and the boundaries of the base are buffered by a network of fire breaks. To compliment the protection afforded by the fire break system, the type and scope of live-fire training conducted is regulated by what we refer to as the Fire Danger Rating.
The FDR is essentially a risk-mitigation process that considers the effects of weather, humidity, vegetation and moisture content. This process restricts, and in some cases prohibits activities that could increase the likelihood of a fire.
More information to follow as it becomes available.
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