FORT HOOD, Texas – Directorate of Emergency Services fire personnel estimate they have achieved more than 80 percent containment of the Fort Hood range fires July 26.

“The use of past and current prescribed burns as a preventative measure to deny fuel to the fires, as well as a favorable wind direction, along with the extensive ongoing efforts by fire and military personnel have helped stop the range fires from spreading,” according to Sergio Campos, Fort Hood’s fire chief. 

Fire personnel along with supporting military units will continue firefighting operations to suppress and contain the Fort Hood range fires. Operations for July 26 include air-water drops on hot spots and bulldozer support to cut and widen fire breaks in an effort to further contain the fire.

Since July 17, firefighting capabilities included eight helicopters conducting aerial fire suppression along with six military bull dozers conducting offensive and defensive operations to suppress and contain the approximately 8,500 acre fire.

Currently, the fire poses no immediate risk of leaving the installation boundary, nor does it pose an immediate threat to life or property.

As more information becomes available, this press release will be updated on Fort Hood Press Center and the Fort Hood Facebook page.