PENDLETON FIRE CHARS 400 ACRES

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By Miriam Raftery

Capt. Nick Schuler, CAL-FIRE

September 25, 2008 5:00 p.m. CAMP PENDLETON - More than 400 acres have burned
at Camp Pendleton in a brush fire that remains active this evening. East County
Magazine was the first local media to post news online of the fire, which began
around 12:30 p.m. today

The blaze began near Roblar Road in a field used to explode military ordnance
on the Marine Corps base. Cause of the fire, which has sent plumes of smoke
visible through much of North County, has not been determined.

By 4 p.m., ground and air crews had made "good progress" in slowing
the fire, Channel
10 news reported
.

"Right now we have two San Diego County mutual aid helicopters fighting
it," First Lieutenant Tom Garnett at Camp Pendleton Emergency Services
told East County Magazine earlier today. "We also have four brush trucks
and a water tender." The fire is not threatening any people or structures
at present, added Garnett, who could not estimate when the fire may be contained.

"No freeways are threatened," CAL-FIRE Captain Nick Schuler informed
East County Magazine.

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