Fire at Fort Hunter Liggett burns 1,600 acres in training area

A fire at Fort Hunter Liggett burned about 1,600 acres before it was contained early Wednesday morning.

The fire was first reported at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Army fort in southern Monterey County, according to Amy Phillips, public affairs officer for Fort Hunter Liggett.

The blaze burned in training areas 12B and 12C off Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, Phillips said. The cause of the fire was training-related.

Firefighters from Fort Hunter Liggett, along with crews from Cal Fire and Los Padres National Forest, worked to fully contain the fire around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

As of Wednesday morning, crews were still doing mop-up in the area, Phillips said.

No injuries were reported and the fire didn’t impact traffic in the area.

The fort said in a tweet that smoke will likely be visible in that area on Wednesday.

In San Luis Obispo County, smoke may also be visible Wednesday between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, as Cal Fire crews conduct a prescribed burn off Highway 1 west of Cuesta College, according to Cal Fire.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.