Grass fire smolders at Camp Atterbury

Grass fire smolders at Camp Atterbury

22 October 2010

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USA —  Two grass fires in an unoccupied area of Camp Atterbury smoldered Friday as firefighters let the blazes burn out.

The fires were reported Thursday evening in the “impact zone,” a section of the camp that contains unexploded ordnances.

Smoke filled the area and was visible in Taylorsville, Edinburgh and Columbus.

The fires were away from the main area of camp. No one was injured and no buildings were damaged or threatened, Capt. Jessica Halladay said.

A flare that went into the impact zone caused the fires, Halladay said.

No one is allowed in the impact zone, so it is overgrown with brush and trees.

Firefighters set up a perimeter around the zone to contain it and allowed the fire to burn out.

Halladay said the amount of plant growth and the decision to let the fire burn probably contributed to the amount of smoke in the area.

Tanker trucks from at least two Bartholomew County volunteer fire departments were dispatched to Camp Atterbury.

Halladay said the trucks were brought in as a precautionary measure in case the fire spread.

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