Camp Pendleton map: Where is the Marine base and how did the fire start?

CAMP Pendleton in Southern California caught fire on December 23and has only been 35 percent contained.

The blaze forced a massive evacuation of at least 7,000 people and over 6,800 homes had their power cut off by San Diego Gas & Electric.

Where is Camp Pendleton? 

Camp Pendleton is a US Marine base in San Diego county.

The base is home to more than 38,000 military family members which occupy base housing complexes. 

Camp Pendleton has a population of roughly 70,000 military and civilian personnel in various communities that are part of the base.

The facility encompasses more than 125,000 acres of Southern California terrain and it is one of the busiest installations for the US Marines.

The facility offers a broad spectrum of training buildings for many active and reserve Marine, Army and Navy units, as well as national, state and local agencies.

How did the Camp Pendleton fire start? 

Camp Pendleton caught fire on the evening of December 23 and by 1am the following day residents of the facility were evacuated by local authorities.

It is unclear what sparked the fire.

The ravaging fire was spreading all along the 195-square-mile US Marine Corps base between San Diego and Los Angeles and has burned nearly 3,000 acres.

By 3am, authorities with the San Diego Sheriff's Department were forced to expand evacuation orders on most of the western side of Fallbrook, California, just outside of the military base.

Southern California Edison (SCE) shut off power to 19,216 of its five million customers and another 155,368 are under consideration. 

No San Diego county customers will be impacted, according to the SCE website.

The Southwestern part of California is under a red flag warning until noon Thursday.

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