Army: Artillery Training Sparked Alaska Fire

The U.S. Army says a fire that threatened homes in Alaska earlier this year and burned on about 87,000 acres was caused by artillery training.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- The U.S. Army says a fire that threatened homes in Alaska earlier this year and burned on about 87,000 acres was caused by artillery training.


The U.S. Army Alaska, in a release Monday, said training and range safety regulations were not strictly followed during an extreme fire warning on June 19, the day the fire was reported. Investigators found that a waiver request that allowed the training to continue went through an installation range officer rather than an operations chief.


Investigators recommended a number of changes the Army says it will begin implementing immediately, including acquiring non-incendiary artillery rounds for firing when fire warning conditions are high.


An Army spokesman said anyone who believes they suffered any damages from the fire can contact the Fort Wainwright law center claims office.