Army Ignored Fire Risk Before Artillery Training

The U.S. Army ignored warnings from the Fort Wainwright Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management against holding artillery exercises during a day of high fire risk in June.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- The U.S. Army ignored warnings from the Fort Wainwright Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management against holding artillery exercises during a day of high fire risk in June.
Army leadership declined to say whether the training ignited an 85,000-acre wildfire, but last month, the Fort Wainwright garrison commander said base training exercises were responsible.
An artillery unit was conducting an exercise on June 19, the day the fire started in the military's Yukon Training Area.
The Army also began accepting damage claims from those who think they have been affected by the Army's "possible wrongdoing."
State Army leadership has decided to re-evaluate the procedures used to decide whether to conduct training during "red flag" conditions when risk of fire is high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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