Firefighters stop Pendleton brush fire

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Dry brush fire dangerCAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A brush fire that scorched nearly 500 acres at the northern end of Camp Pendleton was contained Thursday.

The fire in the San Mateo area, reported about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, was likely started by a training exercise, although no cause has been determined, Camp Pendleton Deputy Fire Chief Robert Johnson said.

About 250 acres had been blackened by Wednesday evening, he said.

Firefighters monitored the blaze overnight reported it contained, or surrounded by defensible fire lines, this morning, Marine spokesman Cpl. Michael Iams said.

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