FORT HOOD — Crews were still working Wednesday to put out a large grass fire that started Tuesday afternoon.

The 200-acre fire began at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday from units training on the western part of the training area located near Farm-to-Market 116 and Elija Road, according to Fort Hood officials. It was 90 percent contained late Wednesday, officials said.

More than 45 firefighters from Fort Hood, Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove and surrounding communities responded to the fire.

The 200-acre fire was one of two that began Tuesday afternoon from units training in the area.

The other fire started about 2:30 p.m. in a remote northeast part of the range and was 100 percent contained Wednesday morning.

Helicopters were used to put the fire out and fire officials remain on the scene to monitor possible hot spots, according to officials.

The on-scene commander said flare-ups with the second fire are possible due to dry conditions and high winds in the area.

Smoke from fires was smelled as far as 60 miles away in Austin, according to published reports.

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

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