4,000 FLEE FIRES IN PENDLETON, OCEANSIDE, FALLBROOK

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Fire in North County. Photo by Corina Squires

October 14 (Camp Pendleton) 12:10 p.m. - The third blaze in there weeks to
strike Camp Pendleton has charred over 1,500 acres, forcing evacution of over
4,000 people from Oceanside as well as base housing. Some schools in Oceanside
may be closed tomorrow, ECM has learned.

The Juliet fire forced evacuation of Serra Mesa Housing and San Luis Rey Housing
on the base, authorities at Camp Pendleton told ECM. As flames spread to the
northeast tonight, a second fire broke out near Fallbrook. The City of Oceanside
has announced that mandatory evacuations are now in effect for the East end
of Sleeping Indian to include Wilshire, Indian Trail, Hidden Valley and Camino
Baja Cerro.

Residents have been notified to evacuate to El Camino High School, staffed
by the Red Cross and the Humane Society. Care for animals is also available
at the facility.

“Structures are threatened in Oceanside and Camp Pendleton,” Cal
Fire Captain Nick Shuler informed East County Magazine shortly after the fire
began late this afternoon in the Juliet Training area.

The fires are uncontained as of late tonight, the San
Diego Union-Tribune reports
.

Parents should check the
district's web site
in the morning for information
on possible school closures.

Check our homepage for updates at www.eastcountymagazine.org or
visit the Camp Pendleton
website
.

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Marine Started Juliet Fire at Camp Pendleton Last Fall

CAMP PENDLETON - A U.S. Marine pleaded guilty Tuesday to setting a brush fire that blackened about 4,000 acres at Camp Pendleton and forced evacuations in neighborhoods in nearby Oceanside and Fallbrook  last autumn. Lance Cpl. Nason Lamb, 22, admitted during court-martial proceedings at the northern San Diego County military base that he started the conflagration by igniting a clump of grass with his cigarette lighter while joking around with fellow Marines Oct. 12, according to broadcast reports. The blaze soon merged with another wildfire burning on the USMC station, creating what became known as the Juliett Fire, named after a training range the flames swept over. The fire damaged no homes but forced about 1,200 people to flee their neighborhoods and cost an estimated $3.7 million to extinguish, officials said. As part of the plea agreement, Lamb will be reduced in rank  to private and receive a bad-conduct discharge.