1,000-acre fire at Fort Hood 30 percent contained

FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — A pair of fires that have burned about 1,000 acres on two different ranges at Fort Hood are approximately 30 percent contained.

One fire is burning just north of the Blackwell Multi-use Range and the other is on the Lone Star Range, south of North Fort Hood.

Post officials say the flames pose no current danger to homes or structures and no injuries have been reported.

Fire crews are working to cut fire breaks around the blaze to prevent it from spreading.

Earlier Coverage:
A 500-acre brush fire burning in a training area with explosives at Fort Hood is keeping crews at bay, post officials said.

The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the “live-fire impact area” north of the Blackwell Multi-use Range. It started during live-fire exercises, officials said.

High winds fueled the fire and started several other fires in the area.

Crews were not being allowed to fight the fire because the area contains explosives.

No buildings were in the vicinity and officials said they plan to let the fire burn itself out.

Fort Hood Fire Department Chief Billy Rhoads says firefighters will burn the vegetation in front of the flames so the fire will burn into the already burned area.

“Our plan of action for the rest of [Monday] evening is to continue to cut fire breaks. In the morning, if conditions will allow, we will come out here and do some burnout operations in front of the fire,” said Chief Rhoads.

He says no one was injured, and no homes are at risk. Crews are also prepared to fight the fire by air if needed.

(Angie Beavin/KXAN)
(Angie Beavin/KXAN)

Earlier in the day, helicopters were being staged to fight the fire and ground forces were on standby while officials surveyed the scene. The Bell County Strike Team was also standing by to assist if needed.

A Red Flag Warning was in effect until for much of the KXAN viewing area Monday due to strong gusty winds and low relative humidities. The warning included the following counties: Burnet, Williamson, Gillespie, Blanco, Hays and Travis.

 

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