Firefighters let a small brush fire that broke out Tuesday at a Camp San Luis Obispo gun range scorch approximately 250 acres in the same location of a scheduled controlled burn for Wednesday, officials said.
The Fox Fire was visible from Highway 1, but no structures were within range of the blaze, according to Cal Fire.
Cal Fire and California Men's Colony firefighters responded to the initial 15-acre blaze about noon, but according to the previously planned fire, let it expand to 250 acres before putting it out at 5 p.m., Cal Fire said.
"We might as well kill two birds with one stone," Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms said.
Elms said community members would have seen a lot of smoke coming from the area, but it was all within pre-made fire break boundaries.
The cause of the fire is unknown, Elms said, and an investigation is underway.