Holy Smoke: Wildfire burns at Marine ordnance disposal area
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Oct 8, 10:33 PM EDT
Wildfire burns at Marine ordnance disposal area
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A brush-fueled wildfire burned more than 1,000 acres Wednesday on a Marine Corps range used to train service members in explosive ordnance disposal, officials said.
Maj. Kristen Lasica said she did not know whether there was any unexploded material on the range at Camp Pendleton, between San Diego and Los Angeles.
The fire began in the afternoon and burned uncontrolled, aided by winds as it moved toward the base's golf course, said Capt. Nick Schuler, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire.
The fire was not threatening any buildings, but the golf course was evacuated as a precaution, said Marine Cpl. Priscilla Vitale, a base spokeswoman.
It was not immediately known how the fire started or whether training was in progress when the fire started, Vitale said.
"It's putting up quite a bit of smoke," Schuler said.
Firefighters with the Marines and state forestry department battled the blaze with the help of a helicopter from the San Diego Fire Department and two air tankers from San Diego County, Schuler said.