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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Fire Information
Current Fire Danger Rating:

-Blue-LOW. (11) -  Use normal caution. Any type of ammunition may be used with care. Smoking is permitted. This is the highest allowable FDR for LFAM training without a waiver. 

 

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.

The current FDR and restrictions placed on training are posted below.

In the event of a fire that could be a threat to the safety, health or property of Camp Pendleton, it's residents and the residents of the surrounding community, pertinent information will be posted to Camp Pendleton's
"Current Emergency" Information Web Page.

Current Precautions for Training Units (CAC Enabled Site)



Fire Danger Ratings

A significant effort in deterring wildland fires is to ensure all units understand the Fire Danger Ratings and the limitations that are imposed on training during increased Fire Danger Ratings.

- Blue-LOW. (0 – 30) -  Use normal caution. Any type of ammunition may be used with care. Smoking is permitted. This is the highest allowable FDR for LFAM training without a waiver.

- Green-Moderate. (31 – 40) - Use normal extra caution. Fires will start easily. Any type of ammunition may be used with care. Smoking is permitted.

- Yellow-High. (41 – 60) - Use extra caution. Fires will start very easily. Any type of ammunition may be used, with care, on ranges and within impact areas. The use of pyrotechnics, demolitions, and heat or flame-producing devices within training areas will be limited to cleared areas or areas previously burned for that purpose. Smoking is permitted only in cleared areas or firebreaks. Flame, heat-producing devices, pyrotechnics, or training activities in the perimeter training areas defined as Bravo I, II, III, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Lima, November, and Sierra, that could cause a fire are PROHIBITED when the FDR is VERY HIGH or EXTREME unless approved by Range Control. Use of airborne pyrotechnics is prohibited in all training areas. Tracer ammunition is not authorized at R206, R409A, R600, R800, LFAM 710, 711, & R300. Blank ammunition and pyrotechnics are not authorized at Camp Deluz.

- Orange-Very High. (61 – 80) - Use extreme caution. Fires are very hard to control. Firing will be permitted at all times on all ranges unless restricted by Range Control. Minimal use of pyrotechnics, demolition, and heat or flame-producing devices (including blanks and smoke grenades) is allowed within training areas; however, use is restricted to cleared or previously burned areas only. Smoking will be permitted only in cleared areas or on firebreaks. Flame, heat-producing devices, pyrotechnics, or training activities in the perimeter training areas defined as Bravo I, II, III, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Lima, November, and Sierra, that could cause a fire are PROHIBITED when the FDR is VERY HIGH or EXTREME unless approved by Range Control.

- Red-Extreme. (81 & Higher Flash Condition) - This is the highest class of fire danger. Fires started are practically impossible to extinguish and usually continue until danger rating conditions improve or fires burn themselves out. The utmost caution with fire producing agents and devices must be exercised at all times. The firing of high explosives, pyrotechnics, incendiaries, or other ammunition likely to cause fires is prohibited unless specifically authorized by Range Control. The use of any type of training/live ordnance (to include blanks), heat or flame-producing devices (heaters, welders, stoves, or open fires) in training areas is strictly prohibited unless authorized by Range Control. No off-road activities by vehicles (HMMWVs, etc.) are permitted without authorization from Range Control. Firing units will exercise maximum attention to the observation of range fans and other precautions to prevent fires from starting. Smoking shall not be permitted under any circumstances. Flame, heat-producing devices, pyrotechnics, or training activities in the perimeter training areas defined as Bravo I, II, III, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Lima, November, and Sierra, that could cause a fire are PROHIBITED when the FDR is VERY HIGH or EXTREME unless approved by Range Control.