FORT HOOD, Texas – The Fort Hood Fire Chief Sergio Campos reported that all Fort Hood range fires are now 100 percent contained.
As part of ongoing preventative efforts, the Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department, Directorate of Public Works and various military units on Fort Hood will continue to work on all boundaries of the range area by improving fire breaks and air dropping water on hot spots as needed.
As part of the effort to balance the requirement for training to continue due to fixed deployment schedules with the risk of igniting ranges , Fort Hood leaders have instructed that all live-fire training be moved to hours in the day where the risk of fire is less due to higher humidity and lower winds. Until further notice, live-fire training will only occur after 8 p.m. overnight and will end before 11 a.m. Such training occurred during this new mandated time period last evening and this morning with no fires being generated.
With the extraordinary weather conditions impacting greatly on the condition of the ranges, the limited range periods have also made it necessary for the prioritization of unit training as well, according to Fort Hood officials.
Units with the most pressing needs to meet readiness requirements for their upcoming deployments will train first. All other units will be inserted into the training schedule as weather and range conditions allow.