US helicopter sparks fire during training exercise in South Korea

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A U.S. Kiowa helicopter sparked a fire during a training exercise on the mountainside at the Rodriguez Live Fire Range, South Korea, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2016. The fire was extinguished Wednesday, but the blaze left an area the size of half a football field charred. (COURTESY OF POCHEON LIVE-FIRE RA)
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A U.S. Kiowa helicopter sparked a fire during a training exercise on the mountainside at the Rodriguez Live Fire Range, South Korea, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2016. The fire was extinguished Wednesday, but the blaze left an area the size of half a football field charred. (COURTESY OF POCHEON LIVE-FIRE RA)

US helicopter sparks fire during training exercise in South Korea

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: January 20, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — A U.S. helicopter on a training exercise sparked a mountainside fire that raged for nearly 20 hours at Rodriguez Live Fire Range, a military spokesman said.

Nobody was injured, but the blaze charred an area about half the size of a football field, the 2nd Infantry Division said.

The OH-58 Kiowa was firing munitions at the tree-covered mountain while doing gunnery tables when the blaze broke out at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

It quickly spread as helicopters carrying large water buckets to douse the flames were delayed by weather conditions, said spokesman Maj. Vincent Gothard.

Firefighting equipment arrived around midnight, and the flames were fully extinguished by 9:28 a.m., he said, adding that all safety measures were utilized.

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