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Camp Pendleton

Marines at Camp Pendleton spent most of Friday mopping up after a fire that burned about 2,000 acres before it was contained late Thursday night.

About 70 firefighters from Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, Vista and Fallbrook battled the blaze that began at 11:56 a.m. Thursday on one of the base’s firing ranges. Tracer rounds fired on the range caused the fire, said Cpl. Lorna Shryock.

Several firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and eye irritation, and one firefighter was cut on his wrist, but no major injuries occurred, Shryock said.

The fire caused no damage to nearby structures or power and telephone lines, but there was minor damage to some contractor equipment, including a pallet of PCB pipes, Shryock said.

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Investigators are still assessing the damage.


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