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Fort Hood fire crews fought the range fires from the air and land throughout the last half of July and into August.

For the first time in weeks, no smoke could be seen in the skies above Fort Hood on Friday.

A post official said Friday that the fires have been extinguished.

Firefighters got the Blackwell range fire 100 percent contained on Thursday afternoon, according to a news release on Thursday.

Crews have been battling various range fires that burned thousands of acres on post since July 17, according to past news releases from the Fort Hood Press Center.

The causes are being investigated.

On Thursday, Fort Hood officials reported the fires were 100 percent contained and Army training organizers were restricting live-fire munitions exercises to after 8 p.m. and ending before 11 a.m. to allow the training to continue while lowering the “risk of igniting ranges.”

Officials said fire risk is lower in the overnight hours because of higher humidity and lower winds.

Despite questions from the Herald, Fort Hood isn’t saying if the fires started because of live-fire training. One fire this week started on the Blackwell range, commonly used by tanks and other vehicles training with live ammunition, Fort Hood officials said. Earlier fires in July consumed about 8,500 acres, and Fort Hood has not said if they started on a specific firing range.

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula is reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald. Reach her at emilys@kdhnews.com

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