Camp Pendleton firefighters battle slow-moving brush fire

By ALEX RIGGINS | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: May 19, 2020

CAMP PENDLETON (Tribune News Service) — A slow-moving fire charred about 50 acres of brush Monday evening in a training area on Camp Pendleton, authorities said.

The Marine Corps base first reported the blaze in a 7:50 p.m. tweet, saying that Camp Pendleton Fire Department crews were battling the flames in a training area.

By 9:15 p.m., base officials reported the fire had grown to about 35 acres and was spreading at a slow rate. At 10:15 p.m., it had grown to 50 acres and was 20 percent contained.

Sheriff's officials tweeted that smoke from the fire might be visible in Fallbrook and Vista.

The fire was the first in San Diego County in 2020 to burn more than a few acres of brush. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts a below-normal potential for major wildfires during the 2020 fire season in San Diego and along a coastal strip of California up to the Bay Area, thanks to late-season rains that erased drought conditions in much of Southern California.

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