Firefighters worked Friday to contain a 760-acre wildfire that has burned for nearly three days, breaking out at the northwest edge of Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, then quickly spreading into San Clemente in Orange County while threatening homes and an animal shelter.
Several hundred military and civilian firefighters have been battling the blaze, which erupted for unknown reasons about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday off Cristianitos Road, near the San Mateo Campground.
The fire was 70 percent contained as of Thursday night, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz. No structural damage or injuries were reported.
The homes that had been most at risk were located off of Avenida Vista Montana and Avenida La Pata in San Clemente, Kurtz said.
An estimated three-quarters of the burn area was within the boundaries of Camp Pendleton, said USMC Capt. Brian Capt Villiard, a spokesman for the northern San Diego County Marine base.
The cause of the fire, which posed no structural threats at the USMC installation, was under investigation, Villiard said.
Smoke may affect areas of south Orange County, authorities said, and residents were urged to use caution as fire crews and equipment work throughout the fire area.
—City News Service