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Large fire sparks on Camp Pendleton amid hot, dry conditions

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 10:33:59-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A fire that erupted on Camp Pendleton Tuesday afternoon grew in size overnight.

Base officials said the so-called Oak Fire has burned 140 acres and was 35% contained as of 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The brush fire started in the vicinity of the base’s Range 409 at an unspecified time, according to base officials.

The fire was expected to burn throughout the rest of the day, which prompted Cal Fire to send resources to help.

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Cal Fire send fire engines, bulldozers, hand crews and a helicopter to assist in the firefighting effort.

Video from San Diego Gas and Electric cameras show the fire exploding in size throughout Tuesday afternoon, sending thick, black smoke into the air.

Cal Fire told 10News on Tuesday that the fire had the potential to scorch 200 acres.

Watch video of the fire in the player below:

The fire sparked amid mild Santa Ana wind conditions and hot, dry weather.

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