Fort Hood firefighters have been working to contain the Wildland Management Area fire which remains at 250 acres and, at press time, is 70% contained.
A second fire, in the vicinity of Clabber Creek Multi-Use Range, is approximately 80 acres and is 50% contained.
Mutual aid from area communities and the Texas A&M Forest Service has been completed. Texas A&M Forest Service personnel remain on standby, if needed.
“The fire was not started by any type of training. The area where the flames started is not a live fire area, nor was there any training of any type being conducted in that area at the time,” said Col. Chad R. Foster, U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Hood, commander.
The Directorate of Emergency Services, Directorate of Public Works and Army units will continue with air drops on hot spots, blading operations and ground attacks.
Thus far, there have been more than 96 airdrops utilizing 2,000-gallon and 600-gallon “Bambi” buckets.
More information will be released on www.FortHoodPressCenter.com as it becomes available.