Grenade launcher starts fire at Camp Robinson

Grenade launcher starts fire at Camp Robinson

08 October 2010

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USA —  Investigators at Camp Robinson believe an errantly launched grenade started a grass fire that burned about 200 acres on the military training base on Tuesday.

The fire on the north side of the base, near the Pulaski-Faulkner county line, spread from the firing range into the tree line, Arkansas National Guard spokesman Capt. Chris Heathscott said.

The Camp Robinson Fire Department responded to the blaze on the ground and the Guard dispatched a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter outfitted with a 600-gallon-bucket dubbed “Bambi” to drop water from the sky. The helicopter made several passes and refilled the bucket by dipping it into Hunter Lake, which is on the base, Heathscott said.

Camp Robinson’s Public Safety Department also responded. No other fire departments assisted.

A base spokesman said no structures or items of military equipment were damaged in the blaze.

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