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Brake testing sparks brush fire at Joint Base Charleston

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JOINT BASE CHARLESTON (WCIV) – Testing the brakes on military vehicles led to a small brush fire at Joint Base Charleston Friday afternoon that officials are letting burn out.

According to officials, the Forestry Service was in the middle of a planned controlled burn near the Naval Weapons Station when an unrelated fire started on the Weapons Station.

Officials said base members were testing the brakes of several military vehicles around 1 p.m. which created sparks and ignited some nearby brush in a 250-acre plot of land that is already used for controlled burns.

There is no hazard for people or facilities on the base, officials said.

"We are actively monitoring the on-station fire and managing it by clearing brush from ‘fire breaks' in the surrounding area," base officials said in a statement. "These fire breaks, or cleared channels, create a fuel-less barrier around the affected land which helps prevent the flames from spreading to adjacent plots. We will let the fire burn itself out and will continue monitoring it closely until it does."

Officials said the fire was expected to burn out in the next couple hours.

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