Camp Pendleton and the surrounding area are in the midst of a severe wildfire. So far, the fire has burned 3,000 acres and has forced Camp Pendleton to issue mandatory evacuations.

Camp Pendleton has mandated evacuations for DeLuz Housing, Wounded Warrior Battalion, and Lake O’Neill Campground. Currently, the fire is burning at the northern part of the base, near Naval Weapons Station Detachment Fallbrook.

The fire started on Wednesday night, near Fallbrook. It quickly spread throughout the area, forcing 7,000 residents to evacuate. Cal Fire reported that the fire is 35 percent contained.

Camp Pendleton is no stranger to small-scale fires. Due to the inherent nature of the military training that takes place, fires often ignite. Fortunately, the base is outfitted with a very capable fire department.