US helicopter sparks fire during training exercise in South Korea
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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