FORT HOOD — Fueled by dry conditions and high winds, two separate grass fires burned at Fort Hood training areas Tuesday evening and threatened to reach Farm-to-Market 116 north of Copperas Cove.
About 200 acres were reported on fire at training ranges 43 and 45, said Chris Haug, Fort Hood spokesman. Emergency crews responded to the blaze shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
As of 7 p.m., the fire was still spreading and heading toward FM 116, which runs along Fort Hood’s western border, Haug said. Off-post homes are located in that area.
Another fire burned at Lone Star Range, which is only accessible by air. Helicopters flew over and dropped water on both fires, Haug said.
Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove and other fire departments assisted Fort Hood crews in battling the blaze.
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