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By Steve Abbott
North County Fire Protection District 

Fire Chief's Report – How to get information on Camp Pendleton fires


Last updated 8/6/2018 at 6:09pm

Living adjacent to Camp Pendleton, our community is frequently impacted by smoke that originates from fires within the base. Most commonly, such fires are in one of several “impact areas,” which are well inside the base perimeter.

As we frequently field inquiries about fire status on Camp Pendleton, we would like to pass along the link to the base information/fire information webpage, which explains when and how live training should be conducted as well as updated information in the event of a fire. The web address is:

Following is an excerpt from the website: "Live-fire training ranges surround what is essentially one large impact area in the middle of the base. In recognition of southern California's historical vulnerability to fires, the impact area, the training ranges and the boundaries of the base are buffered by a network of fire breaks.

"To compliment the protection afforded by the fire break system, the type and scope of live-fire training conducted is regulated by what we refer to as the Fire Danger Rating. The FDR is essentially a risk-mitigation process that considers the effects of weather, humidity, vegetation and moisture content. This process restricts, and in some cases prohibits activities that could increase the likelihood of a fire.

"In the event of a fire that could be a threat to the safety, health or property of Camp Pendleton, it's residents and the residents of the surrounding community, pertinent information will be posted to Camp Pendleton's social media sites ( and"

The Camp Pendleton base information/fire information webpage shows the current FDR rating of the day at the top of the page, and also has a complete list of the FDR ratings.

Take time to review this informative webpage.


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