Fire crews gain ground on swarm of San Diego fires
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 01:20
May 17 - As fire crews gain ground on a swarm of wildfires in and around California's second-biggest city, a new blaze erupts in nearby Camp Pendelton, forcing evacuations at the marine base. Mana Rabiee reports.
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U.S. Marines are helping in the battle against a swarm of blazes burning in and around San Deigo.
Including several fires raging near Camp Pendelton, the major west coast base for the marines.
The latest blaze there broke out on Friday, forcing many at the base to evacuate.
SOUNDBITE: LT. COL JAY MATT, U.S. MARINES, SAYING:
"We came back from deployment fighting one enemy, now we're coming here to fight another enemy which is now threatening where we live. We're woven into the fabric of this community"
David and Sherrie Roberts are part of that community.
Their home was one of at least eight in the area destroying in the blaze.
SOUNDBITE: RESIDENT DAVID ROBERTS SAYING:
"Everything was going in that direction, then all of a sudden it turned around and the wind started blowing right towards me."
They sifted through the debris on Friday.
Salvaging what they can, like this gift from their son.
SOUNDBITE: RESIDENT SHERRIE ROBERTS SAYING:
"It's beautiful, it survived, it's a think but it's a memory."
The latest blaze at Camp Pendelton was zero percent contained but firefighters have gained ground on the other San Diego fires.
Several thousand suburban residents who were forced to flee earlier were allowed to return home on Friday.
The fires are an intense and early start to California's wildfire season.
They've scorched more than 30 square miles of this parched county and left dozens of homes damaged or destroyed.
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