The State’s Senior Senator wants the Army to explain why artillery was used against the advice of fire managers in a training exercise, possibly starting a wildfire that has cost $19 million so far.
The fire started June 19 on military training grounds near Fairbanks. It burned about 133 square miles, three cabins and two outbuildings.
Col. Ron Johnson, garrison commander at Fort Wainwright, said the fire was caused by artillery training. But since then, the military has stepped back, saying it’s too early to determine the cause of the blaze.