Marine base partially evacuates from wildfire

9:31 PM, Oct 6, 2013   |    comments
Newport Beach and Laguna Beach firefighters work to put out a mulch pile at a nursery near Santiago Canyon in Orange County, Calif. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Stuart Palley)
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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - Crews are building containment lines around a wind-driven wildfire that has scorched more than 2 square miles of dry brush and forced people to evacuate part of a Southern California military base.

The blaze at the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton is 15 percent contained and a spokesman says firefighters are trying to halt its movement toward the northeast.

The fire broke out Saturday amid hot, dry and windy conditions throughout the region. It prompted the evacuation of 230 residents from a housing unit near Lake O'Neil and caused minor damage to four buildings.  Most residents are now being allowed to return home.

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton was not threatened by the fire, but a power outage prompted officials to evacuate about 30 patients to other hospitals in the area.

More than 200 firefighters are at the scene. The fire's cause is under investigation.

About 40 miles to the north, crews are battling a fire sparked in a mulch pile at a nursery near Santiago Canyon in Orange County.

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