Fort Hood Fire Now 20 Percent Contained

FORT HOOD (August 31, 2011)—A fire that broke out Tuesday in the area of Jack Mountain on Fort Hood was 20 percent contained Wednesday afternoon.

So far the fire has charred about 1,500 acres, destroyed two power poles, caused a power outage to facilities on West Range Road and forced the closure of West Range Road from Elijah Road (North) to Dalton Mountain Multi-Use Range, including the area near Brown’s Creek Multi-Use Range, Fort Hood said Wednesday.

Texas Forest Service personnel will fly over the area later Wednesday to provide an assessment of the fire, Fort Hood said.

No buildings have been damaged, but the fire threatened two training facilities Wednesday.

All of the post’s fire crews were called in to battle the blaze.

Firefighters were keeping their distance from the fire because of concerns there may be live ammunition in the area.

The fire was burning near an area where a 7,000-acre fire broke out a week earlier.