GEYSERVILLE, Calif. — An early morning fire at a Northern California campground sent nearly 1,000 people fleeing to safety.

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports ( ) the fire began just before 1 a.m. Sunday at the Liberty Glen campground near the shores of Lake Sonoma. It grew to about 2.7 acres before firefighters put it out.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineer park ranger said 886 people were booked at the campground at the time.

One of the campers, Tait Smith, told the newspaper the fire sent people shouting and scurrying to get in their cars, leaving behind shoes and camping gear.

He said it took about 10 minutes before fire crews arrived to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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