2 fires burning at remote Fort Hood range

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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 11:03 AM

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Two fires have been reported on the remote training range of a Central Texas military installation and the odor has drifted as far south as Austin.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/1ekOW8O ) reports the Fort Hood fires continued burning Wednesday.

Fort Hood officials say both fires ignited during training Tuesday when soldiers set off incendiary rounds.

Spokesman Chris Haug says military officials will decide whether to cancel training because of conditions favorable to fires.

Military firefighters worked to put out the blazes, including one that's about 200 acres. Details weren't immediately available on the second fire. A message left with Fort Hood wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.

Austin firefighter Bo Allen says there's a strong smell of smoke and it's coming from Fort Hood. Austin is about 60 miles south of the post.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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