If you wake up this morning wondering what’s burning, the campfire smell comes from a fast-growing wildfire on the US Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton that has smothered Orange County in smoke.
Cal Fire reports that the fire began just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 off of Cristianitos Rd. on Camp Pendleton.
By 10 p.m., the Public Information Officer of the Orange County Fire Authority was reporting, “For the next hour, there is going to be an increase in the smell of smoke due to the tactics the FF’s are taking to gain control the fire.”
The United State Forest Service mobilized night-flying helicopter and fixed-wing air resources in support of the firefighting effort.
By 1 a.m., the Orange County Fire Authority was reporting at least 250 acres burned, with 350 firefighters from multiple agencies on site. Progress of the fire on the east, west, and south sides had been stopped. Effort continues on the north side.
Currently, OCFA reports that no evacuations have been called, no structures and have been lost, and no one has been injured.
Update: other active fires
Cal Fire currently lists the following as active fires:
- Ben Fire: Mariposa County, off Ben Hur Road and Silver Bar Road, 400 acres, 10% contained
- Manzanita Fire: Riverside County, Hwy 79 North, Lambs Canyon south of Dump Road, south of Beaumont, 6,309 acres, 86% contained
- Hill Fire: San Luis Obispo County, Park Hill Road and La Entrada, east of Santa Margarita, 1,598 acres, 85% contained
On the Cristianitos Fire, Camp Pendleton reports that the United States Fire Service has provided a strike team of five engines. About 700 acres have been burned, with 10% containment. The Cristianitos Gate is closed. The fire has burned into Orange County.