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Brush fire scorches nearly 300 acres near Camp Roberts

A brush fire that ignited Tuesday evening near Camp Roberts just north of the San Luis Obsipo County line scorched nearly 300 acres before crews were able to get it mostly under control.

The Cross Fire burned 275 acres and was 80 percent contained by Wednesday afternoon, according to Cal Fire SLO.

The slow-burning blaze was first reported at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the east side of the Salinas River in Monterey County and had grown to 35 acres after an hour as it spread south-southwest into the Big Sandy State Wildlife Area. Smoke was visible from Highway 101, Cal Fire SLO said.

The agency said it had stopped forward progress by 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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