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Update: NLR Fire is now at 640 acres

Officials from Camp Robinson now say that the fire has burned 640 acres. The fire, which is burning on the eastern edge of Camp Robinson, started about 2pm. Its cause is unknown.
Helicopter arrives to help put out fire in NLR (Photos courtesy of Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)
Helicopter arrives to help put out fire in NLR (Photos courtesy of Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)
Fire near Camp Robinson in NLR (Photos courtesy of Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)
Fire near Camp Robinson in NLR (Photos courtesy of Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)
640 acres burn near Camp Robinson (Photos courtesy of Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)
640 acres burn near Camp Robinson (Photos courtesy of Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)
Update: A second fire in less than a week burned here yesterday, with this one consuming approximately 640 acres on the eastside of post near Kellogg Valley. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Camp Robinson personnel battled the blaze late into the day with the 77th Aviation Brigade once again called to fight the fires from the sky. The brigade helped control the fire with two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters fitted with 600-gallon “Bambi” buckets. The Arkansas Forestry Service assisted Guard personnel in cutting additional firebreaks to surround the fire and prevent additional spreading.

The existing firebreaks surrounding Camp Robinson assisted in the ability to contain the blaze on post property, although large flames spurred by the day’s winds caused initial concern of a potential jump off post. Guard personnel continued to monitor the area overnight after gaining control of the blaze which had closed in on Camp Robinson’s eastern border. Emergency responders from various neighboring communities were on hand to protect the nearby residential area in the event the fire spread off post.

Last week’s fire was sparked by range qualification on the M203 Grenade Launcher range, but there were no active ranges near the area of Monday’s blaze. Both fires occurred within a location designated as the small arms impact area on post, but Monday’s fire was roughly two and a half miles from the location of the first. In total, approximately 890 acres of grass and wooded area have burned on post over the past week. No structures or active inventory equipment were damaged in either blaze.

Camp Robinson manages fire breaks surrounding the 32,000 acre post in order to prevent such incidents from spreading into the surrounding communities. Periodic prescribed burns are also conducted on the post in order to reduce the amount of natural fuel on the ground and reduce the risk of wildfires.


Update:
Officials from Camp Robinson now say that the fire has burned between 400 and 450 acres.  The fire, which is burning on the eastern edge of Camp Robinson, started about 2pm.  Its cause is unknown.
 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Fire crews from Camp Robinson and North Little Rock are fighting a 25 acre wildfire that broke out Monday afternoon, threatening homes. Nearby residents are prepared to evacuate, but so far they haven’t had to.

“This is still a very dry environment today and with these fires burning so close to these households, it would be a good idea to keep an eye on your piece of the world because all it takes is a small ember to land from this fire to your front yard and the net thing you know we got another issue,” said Captain Chris Heathscott of the Arkansas National Guard.

Crews are attacking the fire through the air with Blackhawk helicopters carrying 600 gallon buckets or water, and on the ground, working to keep the fire away from homes. Between the homes and the fire is a 15 dirt fire line. The goal is to keep the fire inside the line, away from the nearby houses and tinder dry grasses.

One of the residents in those houses is Cristi Puckett. She says the fire was about 150 yards from her house. “It was a little bit scary knowing that we have a dog at home and we were all at work today not knowing what was going to happen.”

There is still no word what caused this fire. Another 200 acre fire from last week is still burning in the central part of the base. Officials at Camp Robinson say that fire is contained.
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