Massive Texas Wildfire Spreads To America's Largest Army Base 

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2022 - 01:20 AM

A massive wildfire rages in and around America's most populous U.S. military base in Texas. The fire is zero percent contained and doubled in size on Monday, according to Bloomberg

The Texas Wildfire Incident Response System (TWIRS) said the "Crittenburg Complex Fire" had burned more than 33,175 acres as of 11:50 local time. TWIRS shows multiple wildfires are burning on the northeastern edge of Fort Hood. 

Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored base in the U.S. The fort resides on 214,968 acres and can station and train two Armored Divisions. The latest census figures show at least 20,000 live on the base.

Crittenburg Complex fire consists of three wildfires. 

The Texas A&M Forest Service warned Monday of "high potential growth" for the fires because of severe drought conditions. Earlier this month, Governor Greg Abbott warned about elevated wildfire risks in the Lone Star State. 

Local newspaper Killeen Daily Herald said the Texas A&M Forest Service Task Force, Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System team, and several local fire departments are at Fort Hood with ground and air equipment to mitigate the fire's spread. Though efforts have yielded no success as the size of the fire doubled in size.

"As conditions across a large portion of the state worsen, wildfires that ignite are burning more intensely and are frequently resistant to control.

Unfortunately, little to no precipitation is forecast for the immediate future and we expect the current level of wildfire activity to continue for some time," Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief Wes Moorehead said.

Images on Twitter show large plumes of billowing smoke from Fort Hood. 

Weather satellites capture the massive plume. 

Fort Hood public affairs officials have yet to announce any evacuations.