Jack Mountain fire in Fort Hood, 60 percent contained

POSTED: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

After crews contained the Jack Mountain fire by 80 percent, this weekends winds brought crews back to square one.

"When the fire started up again on the Saturday, that's when it continued to burn an additional 700 acres compared to the 3,000 is was at before that," Lacey Eide, an inspector with the Fort Hood Fire Department said.

Fort Hood training has also been delayed due to the fires.

"Currently training has stopped until this fire is completely out," she said.

Because the smoke has been so dense and traveling quickly, officials say those with breathing related problems should take extra precaution.

"It's advised for you to limit your outdoor time in case that you inhale some of the smoke," Eide said.

Fort Hood is using all of their fire fighting assets as well as military personnel, and they are the people who have been out fighting the fires for the past 2 weeks.

"It's a little disappointing to have been working out here for so long and then to have to continue working on the same thing that had been contained more before," Eide said.  

But there is some good news. Winds are forecasted to die down this week and cooler weather is providing slight relief for the fire fighters.

 Currently the fire is back at 60 percent containment.


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