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Wildfire on post nears 1,000 acres

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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:30 am

The fire that began Monday afternoon is now about 30 percent contained, Fort Hood officials said Tuesday morning.

The fire’s size was originally thought to be about 500 acres, but officials said the total acreage is closer to 1,000.

Crews are working two areas — the Blackwell multi-use range near the containment area and the Lone Star Range toward North Fort Hood.

“Crews overnight have cut fire breaks south of the fire to keep it from spreading,” said Tyler Broadway, Fort Hood spokesman. “The main concern right now is the low humidity and the possibility of strong winds. We are monitoring the situation.”

Aircraft geared to fight the fire were currently grounded Tuesday, because of the winds, he said.

There is still no threat to homes, structures or infrastructure.

The fire department received a 911 call about the grass fire around 1:30 p.m. Monday and have been fighting the blaze ever since.

This is the second large grass fire on post this year.

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