Brush fire in Dana Peak park, campers blocked in for a time


30 to 40 day campers were kept in place Thursday evening while firefighters worked to contain a brush fire in the area of Dana Peak Park on Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

A statement released by the Harker Heights Fire Department says that once the fire was somewhat controlled they were allowed to leave.

It was about 7:00 p.m. That HHFD got word through the Bell County 9-1-1 Center that the fire was burning.

Firefighters arriving on the scene found what appeared to be two small areas of fire, but with the windy conditions at the time, the intensity of the fire grew quickly and they soon called for extra help,

The West Side Strike team, made up of firefighters from several departments, was activated along with the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Firefighting was made difficult by the wind and an area very dense with cedar trees and other ground cover.

The campers were able to leave once the fire was under control.

There were no injuries to either campers or firefighters and no homes were damaged or placed in immediate danger.

In addition to Harker Heights, personnel from Central Bell Volunteer Fire Department, Killeen, Salado, Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Bell County Emergency Management, Bell County Road Maintenance, Texas A&M Forest Service, Belton Fire Department, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Harker Heights Police, Bell County Fire Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked together on the fire.

As of Friday afternoon, the cause of the fire had not been determined.

The fire area was still being monitored Friday afternoon to watch for flareups and to make sure it remains contained.

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