Fort Hood Smoke

Heavy smoke is seen from Highway 190 in Copperas Cove near Fort Hood Tuesday, January 9, 2018. According to Fort Hood, the smoke is from a controlled burn.

Area residents may have noticed smoke rising over Fort Hood this week, but the fires are “planned and controlled,” according to Fort Hood officials.

“We do burns like this routinely across the range to prevent wildfires,” media relations branch chief Chris Haug said.

Fort Hood regularly conducts brush burns to help prevent fires on the post.

The burns are designed to clear out underbrush to make the post ranges safer, officials said.

The burns were also being conducted last month on post.

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