Brush fire burns at Camp Pendleton

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A brush fire spread over swaths of open terrain in the northern reaches of Camp Pendleton Thursday, posing no immediate structural threats but sending a thick column of smoke into the North County sky.

The blaze at the Marine Corps base near Oceanside was reported in the mid-afternoon. As of 7 p.m., it had blackened roughly 700 brushy acres and was 20 percent contained, base officials said.

Ground and airborne personnel fought the flames, according to a statement from the Camp Pendleton Fire Department, which was being assisted by crews with Cal Fire and Cleveland National Forest.

The cause was not immediately clear, though it is not uncommon for fires to be sparked at Camp Pendleton by weapons training.