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CAMP PENDLETON -- A brush fire that spread over about 1,000 open acres on the grounds of Camp Pendleton over the weekend was fully contained Monday.

Pendleton officials first reported a fire on the base around noon Sunday. The blaze sparked near the Wilcox range, close to the center of the base, and smoke was visible from surrounding neighborhoods. By 3:30 p.m., the fire had ballooned to 600 acres.

North County Fire Protection District was called to the base to assist in the battle.

Shortly after 7 p.m., base officials announced the fire had grown to 1,000 acres, but that crews had the fire 50-percent contained.

It wasn't immediately clear if any structures were threatened on base. North County Fire Protection District officials said there was no threat to lands in their jurisdiction area off the post.

Riverside County firefighters warned the public that smoke could be expected in the Murrieta and Temecula area.

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