Thursday, December 24, 2020

Creek Fire forces Christmas Eve evacuations north of San Diego


Dec. 24, 2020, 1:36 PM EST / Updated Dec. 24, 2020, 5:17 PM EST
By Tim Fitzsimons

A wildfire near a military base 50 miles north of San Diego forced thousands of people to evacuate on Christmas Eve, according to local fire authorities.

The fire broke out Wednesday in northern San Diego County, much of which is occupied by Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. NBC San Diego reported that about 7,000 people were ordered to evacuate overnight in the base communities and in neighboring Fallbrook.

In an update posted just after 9 a.m. PT, Ryan Rushing, a division chief at the Camp Pendleton Fire Department, said the fire had burned over 3,000 acres was zero percent contained.

Rushing said the fire's quick development was "fueled by steep terrain, difficult access, and winds."


tags: extreme weather, severe weather

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