MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Camp Pendleton’s Fire Department responded to what would eventually become a 42-acre fire today in the Mike training area on the Southern side of base.
Twenty-two Pendleton firefighters arrived on the scene of the fire about 2 kilometers south of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton with five engines at 11:30 a.m. The crews managed to establish a line around the fire by the time it had reached approximately 25 acres in size.
“The forward progress of the fire has been stopped and now we are in what’s called the mop-up phase,” said Chief Bruce Wathen the Division 2 Fire Chief at around 1:30 p.m., “then we will patrol through the evening to make sure there is no more hazards to the area.”
No personnel were injured and firefighters said that there was no immediate risk to installation structures or the wider public during the fire.
This is one of an average of 185 wildland fires that happen aboard the installation annually and can consume up to 15-thousand acres over the course of a year.
Every year, Fire and Emergency personnel conduct safety inspections and prevention awareness training to ensure responders are prepared, and conduct controlled burns of dry vegetation to reduce the available fuel for potential fires.