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Updated: Talega Fire on Camp Pendleton Now Dubbed San Mateo Fire

Article updated with video, photos.

Tomahawk fire from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on May 15, 2014. Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Anna Albrecht
Tomahawk fire from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on May 15, 2014. Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Anna Albrecht

UPDATE at 8:56 p.m., May 16, 2014:

Camp Pendleton officials reported that the Talega Fire is now being named the San Mateo Fire and that it has burned 800 acres and was listed as 25 percent contained.

On Friday night, evacuation orders for Camp San Mateo (62 Area), The School of Infantry-West (52 Area), Camp Las Pulgas (43 Area), Camp Las Flores (41 Area), Camp Margarita (33 Area), Marine Air Support Squadron 3 (32 Area) and Camp Vado Del Rio (25 Area) remained in effect.

UPDATE at 4:41 p.m., May 16, 2014: A third wildfire erupted today on the grounds of Camp Pendleton as military and civilian crews struggled to subdue two others that have blackened more than 14,000 open acres on the base this week.

The latest blaze to break out on the northern San Diego County military installation -- dubbed the Talega Fire -- began spreading just before 11:30 a.m. near Basilone Road, according to Cal Fire. By mid-afternoon, it had grown to about 25 acres, the state agency reported.

All personnel in the base's 62 Area, San Onofre Housing Area and School of Infantry West were directed to evacuate to safe areas of the base, USMC officials said.

  • A message to Orange County from the Orange County Fire Authority: There is no threat to Orange County at this time. The Operational Area Public Information Hotline has been activated to help reduce the impact to the 911 system. The Public Information Hotline is 714-628-7085. At this time, there are no evacuations or road closures in Orange County.

The commanding general of Camp Pendleton directed that all non-essential personnel be sent home at noon due to the spate of blazes burning on the grounds of the station.

The fast-moving Las Pulgas Fire broke out about 3:15 p.m. Thursday near a sewage plant in the Las Pulgas area and has led to hundreds of evacuations. By late this morning, it had grown to more than 8,000 acres and was about 5 percent contained.

The other fire being fought at Camp Pendleton -- known as the Tomahawk Fire -- erupted about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday and has scorched about 6,300 acres on the eastern outskirts of Camp Pendleton. It was about 23 percent contained this afternoon, according to county officials.

The blaze began at the Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook at the edge of Camp Pendleton, then spread onto the sprawling North County Marine Corps installation. The Fallbrook facility lost power and remained closed today.

The causes of all three fires were under investigation.

--City News Service


nobody May 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM
I can still smell the smoke... any information about air quality in San Clemente inland area?
Penny Arévalo May 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Still not good. Can check the map here: http://www3.aqmd.gov/webappl/gisaqi2/VEMap3D.aspx "Ongoing brush fires in northern San Diego County and southerly wind flows have brought smoke and elevated particulate concentrations into areas of Orange and Riverside Counties this morning. As the sea breeze increases this morning through this afternoon, smoke is likely to improve in the coastal areas and impact inland areas throughout the South Coast Air Basin at times. Smoke is likely to continue to affect areas of Riverside County through the day, especially in the Temecula Valley, the Anza Area, Lake Elsinore, and the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley, where Unhealthy air quality levels are occurring this morning."
Donna Gilmore May 17, 2014 at 02:08 PM
I called the Orange County Hotline number you list in this article. The voice recording said the Orange County Hotline has been deactivated.
Penny Arévalo May 17, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Well, that was quick. I guess that means people aren't flooding 911 anymore. Thanks for posting.
usmcboi June 06, 2014 at 01:24 AM
call it for what it is the camp fire change it enough times never know where the origin is.

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