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Small California Fire Forces Evacuation at Marine Base

Fueled by strong winds, a Southern California wildfire forced 260 residents and hospital patients to evacuate at a military base, reports The Associated Press.

The fire broke out at the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton amid hot, dry and windy conditions throughout the region on Saturday. The growing fire prompted the evacuation of 230 residents from a housing unit near Lake O’Neil and causing minor damage to four buildings, base officials said.

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 and stop accepting new patients. Service at the hospital was restored by late Saturday.

By early Sunday morning, the fire had scorched 1,500 acres and firefighters were working through the night, according to public affairs chief Sgt. Leo Salinas.

More than 200 firefighters were at the scene. The fire was 15 percent contained.

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