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Fire in training area at Fort Hunter Liggett burns 200 acres

Firefighters battled a blaze at Fort Hunter Liggett that burned 200 acres, the base said Tuesday afternoon.

The fire, located in a training area off Nacimiento-Fergusson Road by the San Miguelito Loop, began between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m., according to Cindy McIntyre, a public affairs specialist at Fort Hunter Liggett, and a tweet from the base. The road links Highway 101 to Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast.

Crews from Fort Hunter Liggett, Cal Fire and Los Padres National Forest fought the fire, according to the tweet.

By 3:30 p.m., the fire burned 200 acres and was expected to be fully contained later Tuesday evening, McIntyre said. In a tweet, the base cautioned that smoke may linger in the area for a few days.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road remained open, with law enforcement slowly directing traffic through, McIntyre said.

Officials do not yet know what caused the fire, McIntyre said.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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A mountain lion was spotted at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California, in January 2018. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife helped get the animal to leave the area.

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