A brush fire at Camp Bullis was started during a training exercise at Base Camp San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Multiple fire departments continue to battle a massive brush fire at Camp Bullis near San Antonio on Monday.
The blaze has burned over 3,000 acres and was 70% contained at the start of the week. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.
Aerial video showed the extent of the damage and ground video showed firefighters braving the burning Camp Bullis terrain to keep it from heading towards homes.
“There is no anticipation that the fire will move outside the perimeter of Camp Bullis. We feel like we have strong enough containment to keep it within the camp itself,” said Scott Ridenour, deputy chief of the service. Joint Base San Antonio Fire Department.
The fire was started around 2:30 p.m. Saturday during a military training exercise at Joint Base San Antonio. The exact cause is still unknown.
A voluntary evacuation order was issued and later lifted for communities north of the camp.
“We are still asking the entire surrounding community and residence to monitor the media and your local fire department’s social media sites for updates on the fire as the situation remains fluid,” Ridenour said. .
With the threat of wildfires year-round in Texas, the Texas A&M Forest Service is urging people to have evacuation plans in place in case a wildfire eventually ignites near their home.
“Which roads are you going to take? There are certainly the ones you are used to driving every day, but you also know secondary roads in case the main one is closed,” said Kari Hines, program coordinator of the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Before being prepared, comes prevention. One of the issues the Forest Service sees when dealing with these types of fires is the causes. They said people were starting the majority of wildfires statewide.
“If we can be more careful when we are outside recreating or working on our land. Bring a fire extinguisher with you, bring a cell phone with you so you can call 911 very quickly if you need to. If we can stop these fires from getting big, we don’t have to worry about evacuations,” Hines said.
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