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Fire At Camp Bullis Prompts 'Two-Pronged Approach' From Officials

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U. S. Army Environmental Command photo by Neal Snyder
Residential development abuts the Camp Bullis, Texas, fence line.

A brush fire ignited in a rough terrain area at Joint Base San Antonio - Camp Bullis over the weekend. Officials from JBSA Fire Emergency Service responded to reports of a fire around 1 p.m. Saturday.

An immediate call went out for assistance from partner agencies, which included JBSA-Lackland, Fort Sam Houston and Randolph, as well as the San Antonio Fire Department and BexarBulverde Fire Department.

The 16-acre brush fire stayed contained to Camp Bullis, and was stopped more than 200 feet from the perimeter of the Dominion subdivision.

Joe Arrington, a public information officer with the the San Antonio Fire Department, said his organization took a two-pronged approach to the blaze.

“We were assisting the county and the military with the fire itself,” Arrington said. “We also had quite a few units in the surrounding neighborhoods, creating a fire line to keep the fire from potentially moving into those neighborhoods.”

There was no reported damage to facilities or infrastructure.

JBSA Deputy Fire Chief Scott Ridenour said the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but he suspects it may have been related to a training held at Camp Bullis earlier that day.

"We're suspecting that a training device may have initiated a spark or something and then with the high winds that we had on Saturday, carried that into the brush,” he said.

JBSA fire service personnel are still on-site to ensure that the fire does not re-ignite.

Carson Frame can be reached at carson@tpr.org or on Twitter @carson_frame