Brush Fire Scorches More Than 80 Acres on Camp Pendleton

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The main gate of Camp Pendleton, California, in a 2013 file photo. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
The main gate of Camp Pendleton, California, in a 2013 file photo. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

CAMP PENDLETON -- A brush fire broke out Tuesday near a remote firing range in the northeastern portion of Camp Pendleton, scorching at least 80 acres of open terrain as it sent smoke billowing over parts of North County.

No structures were threatened by the fire, which erupted amid unseasonably hot late-afternoon temperatures on the 125,000-acre Marine Corps installation. Officials said the blaze was burning near an area known as Range 409, near U.S. Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook.

The fire grew from an estimated 10 acres by 5 p.m. to more than 80 acres by 8 p.m., at which point it was 35 percent contained, according to Marine Corps officials.

Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service personnel were helping military firefighters extinguish the blaze.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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