Press Release #14-036 UPDATE #24: Commandant thanks Marines involved in firefighting efforts
18 May 2014

Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, the Marine Corps Installations West commanding general, with the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, who arrived at noon today, were briefed on the three major fires on base known as the Basilone Complex.                                 

The Commandant gave his personal thanks and congratulations to Marines and firefighters involved in the firefighting operations.

The Commandant and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett commended  Marines from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and 1st Marine Logistics Group for their efforts during firefighting operations. 3rd MAW aircraft dropped more than 540,000 gallons of water to assist with the firefighting efforts in San Diego County since Wednesday.

The Las Pulgas and Cristianitos Gates are open for normal operations. Las Pulgas Road is now open.

Ammunition Road aboard Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook will remain closed throughout the weekend, but is scheduled to open for regular traffic starting at 12:01 a.m. early Monday morning. 

All Child Development Centers on base will be open on Monday.

For school closures, parents are advised to contact their child’s school for specific information.  Local school telephone numbers can be found at:

The Tomahawk fire that started Wednesday on Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook is currently listed at 5,400 acres burned and 97% contained.

The Las Pulgas fire first reported at 3:15 p.m. Thursday has burned 15,000 acres and is listed at
55% contained.

The San Mateo Fire that was reported at 11:24 a.m. Friday has burned 1,500 acres and is currently listed as 80% contained.

The evacuation order for all areas has been lifted.

The causes of the fires are under investigation.

For fire updates and photos, please visit the official Camp Pendleton Facebook page at



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