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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The West Coast's Premier Fleet Marine Force Training Base"

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Live-fire training ranges surround what is essentially one large impact area in the middle of the Camp Pendleton. Due to the high volume of live-fire training and the nature of the ordnance and ammunition fired, there is the potential for vegetation fires. Camp Pendleton averages approximately 185 training related vegetation fires annually. 

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 164 miles 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 vegetation fire.

Camp Pendleton is also supported by the Camp Pendleton Fire Department. CPFD is a full-service fire department, which provides a robust firefighting capability for the installation.  CPFD is comprised of 175 firefighters & emergency services personnel located at 11 fire stations spread across Camp Pendleton.

CPFD’s firefighting equipment includes: (7) Type I Engines (Pumpers), (10) Type III Engines (Wildland), a 75-foot Aerial Ladder Truck and a 105-foot Aerial Ladder Truck.

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 social media sites.

For the latest news and emergency information from Marine Corps Installations West - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, follow us on Twitter @MCIWPendletonCA,  Facebook  & Instagram.


Wildland Fire Information & Prevention News
Fighting fires with strategy and what it all means May 27, 2020
Why are some vegetation fires allowed to burn? August 8, 2019
Welcome to Pendleton: MCB Camp Pendleton Fire Department August 7, 2019
Turn up the heat: Camp Pendleton Fire Department hosts Wildland Fire School June 5, 2019
Camp Pendleton Fire Department prepares for fire season May 14, 2019
CPDF supports partnered agencies in fighting historical fire September 11, 2018
To train and protect: Camp Pendleton balances training with maintaining the environment August 9, 2018
Camp Pendleton firefighter strives to make difference June 22, 2018
Annual fire preparedness measures underway at Camp Pendleton May 14, 2018
Pendleton first responders awarded for lifesaving efforts December 26, 2017

Risk-Mitigation Process