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Smoke is visible from the Las Pulgas Fire from this vantage point on Camp Pendleton.
Smoke is visible from the Las Pulgas Fire from this vantage point on Camp Pendleton.
This view of the Las Pulgas Fire was taken from the Sleeping Indian area of Fallbrook.
This view of the Las Pulgas Fire was taken from the Sleeping Indian area of Fallbrook.
This map shows all the fires burning as of 4:30 pm, May 16, 2014 in San Diego County.
This map shows all the fires burning as of 4:30 pm, May 16, 2014 in San Diego County.

**Las Pulgas Fire now 75% contained; remains at 15,000 acres


Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Issue 20, Volume 18.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor


(UPDATE 7:45 p.m., Sun. May 18)

Officials on Camp Pendleton have reported that the 15,000 acre Las Pulgas Fire has now been 75% contained.

(UPDATE 3:45 p.m., Sun., May 18)

Camp Pendleton authorities have said that the Las Pulgas fire first reported at 3:15 p.m. Thursday has burned 15,000 acres and is now at 55% contained.

(UPDATE 3:45 p.m., Sun., May 18)

(UPDATE: 9:30 a.m., Sun., May 18)

Las Pulgas Fire remains at 15,000 acres, now 42% contained

The Las Pulgas fire first reported at 3:15 p.m. Thursday has burned 15,000 acres and is listed at

42% containment.

(UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Sat., May 17)

Las Pulgas Fire continues at 15,000 acres, still 40 percent contained

Camp Pendleton officials have just reported that the Las Pulgas fire is still at 15,000 acres with 40% containment.

(UPDATE: 10 pm, 5/16/14)

The Las Pulgas Fire has grown to 15,000 acres burned and 40% containment.


New Talega Fire on Camp Pendleton burning - causing evacuation of 62 Area, San Onofre housing area, School of Infantry

According to an update this morning from Camp Pendleton, the Las Pulgas fire, which was first reported at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, May 15 has now grown to 8,000 acres and is 5 percent contained.

Evacuation orders for Camp Las Pulgas, Camp Margarita, Camp Las Flores and 32 Area remain in effect.

Officials say that the Las Pulgas gate remains closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles. Stuart Mesa Road north of Assault Craft Unit-5 remains closed.

Basilone Road from Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton to Camp Horno, as well as Las Pulgas Road remain closed.

Ammunition Road aboard Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook also remains closed.

The cause of the Las Pulgas Fire is under investigation.

UPDATE #16: Las Pulgas fire update

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The Las Pulgas fire first reported at 3:15 p.m. Thursday has grown to 8,000 acres burned and 5% contained.

Evacuation orders for Camp Las Pulgas, Camp Margarita, Camp Las Flores and 32 Area remain in effect.

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closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles. Stuart Mesa Road north of Assault Craft Unit-5 remains closed.

Basilone Road from Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton to Camp Horno, as well as Las Pulgas Road remain closed. Ammunition Road aboard Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook also remains closed.

The cause of the Las Pulgas Fire is under investigation.

For fire updates, please visit the official Camp Pendleton Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Camp-Pendleton-Scout/244860127876?v=wall.

(UPDATE, 8:15 p.m., Thurs., May 15)

Las Pulgas Fire now 600 acres, moving south, zero containment, over 300 personnel evacuated

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

The fire that was reported in the Las Pulgas area of Camp Pendleton at 3:15 p.m. has grown to 600 acres and is moving south at a moderate rate of speed with 0% containment. Due to the fire, both Camp Las Pulgas and Camp Margarita were ordered to evacuate at 4:30 p.m.

309 Las Pulgas personnel were evacuated north to the School of Infantry, while 62 Margarita personnel were moved south to Camp Del Mar. Those evacuations remain in effect overnight.

(PREVIOUS UPDATE)

Camp Pendleton has reported that the fire in its Las Pulgas area has grown to 500 acres and is moving south at a moderate rate of spread. Due to the fire, both Camp Las Pulgas and Camp Margarita have been ordered to evacuate.

Las Pulgas military personnel are asked move north to the School of Infantry parade deck behind the mess hall. Margarita personnel are instructed to move south to the I MEF parade deck behind Devil Doc Hall.

(PREVIOUS STORY)

Base authorities are reporting that a new fire has stared on Camp Pendleton in the Las Pulgas area, near the sewage plant, Building 43103.

Las Pulgas Area personnel have been ordered to evacuate to the School of Infantry Parade deck behind the mess hall, building 520430.

The fire has burned 25 acres.

In addition, Camp Pendleton has been providing military air assets requested by Cal Fire to help with the San Marcos fire.


 

13 comments

Comment Profile ImageEd
Comment #1 | Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm
What are the wind conditions in Fallbrook currently? Is the downtown/stagecoach/mission rd area threatened?
Comment Profile ImageSharon
Comment #2 | Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm
My friend who lives off of Ammunition behind Albertson's was told to evacuate this evening at 5:30p. The Tomahawk and Olive Hill blazes are close. Has that notice been lifted?
Comment Profile ImageWatching
Comment #3 | Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm
Now that the wind has shifted our arsonist is now hitting the west to east locations. Be on the lookout for this guy folks.
Comment Profile Imageneed more local info
Comment #4 | Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:52 pm
what about the Alturas Ln area (trailer park/apartment area)? i was there today and there were more fires. Tons of smoke!
Comment Profile Image?
Comment #5 | Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm
Regarding #3. What arsonist? What are you talking about? The article references nothing about an arsonist.
Comment Profile Imageconcerned
Comment #6 | Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm
Is there a map online that clearly shows where these Camp P fires are near Fallbrook? We lost power today from around 5pm to just after 6pm (and it seems places downtown did and still didn't have power back on when ours came on). When I called 211 for info to find out about the power outage and gave her our address which is near Summit and W. Fig, she said that we were in an area that should be evacuated but the nabes around here don't seemed too concerned -- no one was evacuating so the 211 info seemed too generic but she said it came from the county emergency center so???

There have been no warnings or police or fire personnel going around in this area saying anything about evacuating today or as of now.

However, yesterday things got a bit scary when the wind shifted and the ashes were raining down and people around here were watering their roofs.

I can't seem to find any concrete info on exactly what is going on with the fires today/tonight on Camp P and if they are not contained as of 8:15pm per this blog notice, should we be concerned over in this area?
Comment Profile ImageJustin
Comment #7 | Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Its crested the line of hills separating Penelton from Deluz.
Comment Profile Imageoldmandan
Comment #8 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:57 am
To comment #5 the fires in San Diego county all started roughly at about the same time. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that there are people out there who enjoy starting and watching these fires.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #9 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:49 am
@6 - there are maps, but they are hard to obtain. Pulgas is next to I 5, the only exit North of Oceanside. Basalione road runs east of Pulgas, then there is the impact areas. Very unlikely that the Pulgas fire would spread to here, since a lot of the navy Weapons stat burned, and the impact area has burned, there would not be enjoy fuel to overcome the firefighters efforts.
Comment Continued : The comment above was written from the same location.
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Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #10 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 9:01 am
To Debbie: you may want to link a website, http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/1713/?rl=rr or list www.fallbrookarc.org. This has a streaming feed from the Fallbrook Radio Club; up to the second live information from Ham's station around the area, including feeds from CALFIRE. (tired to post the link yesterday but the confirmation letters would not come up).

***VILLAGE NEWS NOTE: Thanks Grunt!! This is great info - our Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club is one of our greatest assets here! Most citizens are unaware of how valuable they are to this community. We truly appreciate everything they do. Sorry about website difficulties - the heavy traffic during the fires caused us to stall a few times - we have made more upgrades to address - we thought we had already made ample upgrades for large emergencies... but - we found out we needed even more! Our sincere apologies. D. Ramsey
Comment Profile Imageconcerned
Comment #11 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Thank you Grunt for explaining the location. And thank you Debbie for all the info you've been updating about the fires. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into The Village News.
Comment Profile Imageon the hill
Comment #12 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm
If memory serves me in 03 there were fires popping up along the 5 from LA to SD turns out they were started by an off season firefighter looking for work to much of a coincedence that 9 fires in 2 days last summer maybe 1 thats what #3 is talking about just keeps your eyes out pulling off on the side of the road hot muffler + one weed = FIRE everyone stay safe common sense
Comment Profile ImagePeace
Comment #13 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank-you to the Village news {Debbie} for the constant updates on the fires in the area. Our property almost boarders the base fence-line so this web site is a blessing. And also to all the great commenters {grunt} who also provide important info during these emergencies. Please stay safe everyone!

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