Firefighters battle APG blaze kindled by ordnance tests

November 07, 2001

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND - Firefighters at Aberdeen Proving Ground were fighting a brush fire of more than 100 acres last night that began during scheduled ordnance testing, an installation official said.

"It's a very large fire, and we're probably going to be fighting it tomorrow," said spokesman George Mercer.

The blaze, which was reported at about 10 a.m. Monday, began on a firing range and dry conditions contributed to its spread, Mercer said. He added it is not near any of the installation's environmental cleanup sites, which include aging munitions piles and hazardous chemicals.

Firefighters are battling the fire with three helicopters equipped with buckets that scoop water from the Chesapeake Bay, Mercer said.

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