PENDLETON FIRE 100% CONTAINED

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October 9, 2008 (Camp Pendleton) 9:30 a.m. -- A wildfire that began late yesterday afternoon at Camp Pendleton is now 100% contained, though firefighters continue to douse hotspots.

"Between 900 and 1,000 acres have burned," Major Kristen Lasica, Public affairs officer told East County Magazine last night. ECM activated our wildfire alert system last night after learning that aircraft including super scoopers were grounded for the night with the fire then 0% contained.

At 9 p.m. last night, CAL FIRE Captain Nick Shuler said the fire was burning in a northeast direction. "Firefighters are making progress, but keep in mind that it's a large fire," he cautioned.

Firefighters from CAL-FIRE and Camp Pendleton battled the blaze with twenty engines, including 10 from CAL-FIRE and 10 from Camp Pendleton. No structures were lost and no injuries occured.

The fire began in Range 401 at the Southwest corner of Camp Pendleton. The cause is unknown. Some barracks are left without power due to a precautionary power shutdown. The golf course and hiking trails remain closed.

Updates are being posted at the Camp Pendleton website:
http://www.pendleton.usmc.mil/fire08.asp

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