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Brush fire nearly contained at Camp Pendleton

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Last updated: Monday, July 17, 2012 AT 7:02 P.M.

Acres burned: 450
Containment: 85%
Location: Southern area of Camp Pendleton
Start date: July 16, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
Cause: Under investigation

CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - Crews fighting a 450-acre wildfire at Camp Pendleton had the burn area about 85 percent contained Tuesday evening.

The blaze, which has posed no threats to military or civilian structures, erupted on a large training ground in the southeastern reaches of the Marine Corps installation about 3 p.m. Monday.

One base firefighter suffered mild smoke inhalation and another sustained minor burns while battling the flames, Camp Pendleton spokesman Jeff Nyhart said. Both were treated at a hospital and released.

The blaze was no longer spreading as of 6 p.m., though it was still generating some plumes of light smoke, according to Nyhart.

The origin of the fire apparently was "training related," he said, adding that the exact cause remained under investigation.

This is a story update. The previous story is below.

CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - Two Camp Pendleton firefighters were in stable condition Tuesday after suffering minor smoke inhalation and burn injuries while battling a 450-acre brush fire at the North County Marine Corps installation, authorities said.

The blaze started around 4 p.m. Monday during a training exercise on the northern side of base, according to Pendleton's public affairs office. It was 80 percent contained as of 6:45 a.m.

No structures were damaged or threatened by fire as of early Tuesday.



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