National Guard triggers grassfire

National Guard triggers grassfire

28 June 2010

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USA — Tracer rounds from National Guard training exercises apparently sparked a grass fire in southern Brown County on Saturday, officials said.

The fire started Saturday afternoon about five miles south of Brownwood in the southern part of the Groner Pitts National Guard Armory.

The Brownwood Fire Department and area volunteer departments battled the blaze that scorched between 300 and 350 acres.

Firefighters worked into the night to extinguish the blaze.

“When they left at 9 p.m. Saturday night, the fire was under control,” said Brent Bush, Brown County emergency management coordinator.

The fire sparked back up after midnight, Bush said.

Firefighters used bulldozers to dig a trench around the fire to contain it. Bush said he called the Texas Forest Service for assistance but no air attack vehicles were available.

The blaze was reported under control by noon Sunday, but firefighters remained on the scene to monitor the situation.

No buildings or homes were threatened, and no injuries were reported.

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