REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – Fire crews at the Redstone Arsenal and community fire departments have contained an hours-long wildfire in a test area on the south side of the installation.
Redstone Arsenal tweeted on Thursday around 8:20 a.m. that the wildfires had been “100% contained.” They added that there were no flare-ups during the night, but there was some smoldering. Crews will also remain on scene.
According to a spokesperson for Redstone Arsenal, the fire started around 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, and began moving into the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. The cause hasn’t yet been determined.
At about 5:45 p.m., the Arsenal tweeted an update stating that leaves and undergrowth in the woods north of Indian Creek and Test Area 1 are still smoldering, and engine company 3 crew will stay on scene overnight to watch the area and prevent any flare-ups.
Officials advised the public to avoid the area of Gate 3 at Redstone Road and Patton Road Southwest. “Our priority is the safety of Team Redstone. We urge all employees to take precautions and avoid the area around Gate 3,” said Garrison Commander, Colonel Brian Cozine.
No injuries have been reported and no facility structures are in danger, authorities said.