Camp Pendleton Wildfire Triggers Evacuation Order for 7,000 Residents

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Firefighters with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department
Firefighters with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department are briefed prior to departing to assist local agencies in battling the Creek Fire aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec., 24, 2020. Camp Pendleton Fire Department and Cal Fire San Diego are in a unified command to battle the 3,000 acre fire. (Kerstin Roberts/U.S. Marine Corps)

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in northern San Diego County triggered evacuation orders early Thursday as Santa Ana winds brought dangerously gusty and dry conditions to Southern California.

Evacuation orders were issued for about 7,000 residents on the west side of the community of Fallbrook and for some Camp Pendleton locations, the base and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The fire was estimated at 750 acres and was 35% contained before dawn. Cal Fire said firefighting aircraft were en route.

The National Weather Service forecast moderate to locally strong Santa Ana winds Wednesday through midday Thursday.

The San Diego weather office reported that the winds had peaked and were slowly weakening. The highest windspeed recorded in San Diego County was 71 mph.

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