Wildfires erupt amid state’s hot, dry weather

10 June 2020

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USA – SAN DIEGO — Firefighters were making progress battling several brush fires Wednesday that had burned through more than 12 square miles at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base amid summer-like heat.

The blazes were believed linked to military training exercises, John Crook, deputy chief of the Camp Pendleton Fire Department, said in a video posting on the base’s Twitter account.

None of the fires posed threats to personnel or buildings, nor to the surrounding communities, Crook said.

By Wednesday afternoon, two of the three largest fires were 20% contained. The military’s firefighters were being assisted by state and local area crews, officials said.

In Los Angeles, firefighters and water-dropping helicopters stopped a fire that burned about 50 acres of brush and grass in Sepulveda Pass along Interstate 405.

The fire erupted around 2 a.m. below the hilltop homes of Bel Air but there were no evacuations and no evacuations, the Fire Department said.

Conditions were warm and dry but there was minimal wind.

Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

Firefighters have been chasing small blazes statewide during the spell of hot and very dry weather. Aircraft dropped retardant on a stubborn fire in rugged terrain near Santa Paula in Ventura County. Crews made quick work of an earlier fire that burned near homes in nearby Thousand Oaks.

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