Rugby field-sized fire for army

21:08, Feb 26 2013

Live fire exercises at the Waiouru Military Camp have ignited unplanned blazes at the firing range.

Major Patrick Hibbs said as training took place from 7am yesterday, a number of small fires were started on the moving target range at the camp.

It was a result of the tracer from their 9mm gun ammunition, he said.

A fire engine and helicopter were on call during the day.

At 4pm the helicopter was called to put out a ‘‘rugby field’’ sized fire.

But given the size of area they work in, ‘‘that’s nothing for us’’, he said.

At the end of last month, a live-ammunition exercise by the Singaporean Army is believed to have started a fire that scorched nearly 350 hectares of Waiouru grassland.

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