Fire in­quiry halts Air Force train­ing

Los Angeles Times - - T H E Nation -

Mil­i­tary of­fi­cials an­nounced they were sus­pend­ing train­ing at an ae­rial bomb­ing range where a flare dropped from a mil­i­tary jet may have caused a 27-squaremile wild­fire.

The Air Force also said it had con­vened an ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion board to in­ves­ti­gate how the blaze be­gan on the War­ren Grove Gun­nery Range.

New Jer­sey Air Na­tional Guard of­fi­cials said the fire might have been sparked by a flare dropped from an F-16 into the dry Pinelands dur­ing a train­ing mis­sion Tues­day. The mil­i­tary has promised to re­im­burse prop­erty own­ers if in­ves­ti­ga­tions find the jet was to blame. The blaze is 90% to 95% con­tained.

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