Bombing range fire knocked out quickly

Freedom Newspapers

A small fire at Melrose Bombing Range was stamped out Monday in less than an hour, according to officials.

The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. and was extinguished at 1:10 p.m., according to Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals, chief of media relations at Cannon Air Force Base.

Personnel from Cannon, Floyd and Melrose fire departments helped extinguish the flames, Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said.

Seals estimated the fire to be one mile long and a half mile wide.

“They caught it relatively quickly,” Seals said.

The fire was contained on the east end of the bombing range and erupted accidentally by a person using a torch to cut metal, according to Jacobs.

“We lost some grass, and that’s all,” Jacobs said.

The Melrose Bombing Range is approximately 66,000 acres.

The range is used for training of Cannon Base personnel.