Training exercise sparks brushfire at Camp Pendleton

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camp pendletonCAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon in a training area at the northern end of Camp Pendleton quickly blackened about 300 acres.

The fire began in the San Mateo area about 2:30 p.m. and was likely sparked by a training exercise, although the official cause had yet to be determined, Camp Pendleton Deputy Fire Chief Robert Johnson said.

Firefighters from the North County military installation and the Orange County Fire Authority had the blaze about 10 percent contained as of 5:30 p.m., Johnson said.

No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, he said, adding that crews expect to have the fire fully contained on Thursday.