Fort Hood fire

Fire and smoke can be seen Monday, April 28, 2014, near Sugar Loaf Range at Fort Hood from a wildfire burning nearly 1,000 acres. By Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the fire was about 30 percent contained, officials said.

Fort Hood officials re-evaluated the size of a large grass fire on post Tuesday, and aircraft to help fight the blaze were grounded due to wind conditions.

With a clearer picture of the damage, officials believe the fire that began Monday encompasses nearly 1,000 acres, as opposed to the 500 reported on the first day.

As of Tuesday evening, it was about 30 percent contained.

Crews were working two areas: the Blackwell multiuse 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.”

There was no threat to homes, structures or infrastructure.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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