Much of the meeting was dedicated to talking about a series of field and brush fires that jumped fire breaks on Saturday, Oct. 23, and burned more than 60 acres of land and threatened homes in Roaring Springs and homes along Ky. 164, as well as county and Fort Campbell reactions to those fires.
Trigg County Judge-Executive Humphries said that he has previously told Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel Perry Clark and his staff that the community that surrounds Fort Campbell was misled about the status of the fires and wasn’t notified about said fires soon enough.
Aside from Trigg County officials, the agencies represented included the U.S. Forest Service, Fort Campbell, Trigg County Emergency Management and the Roaring Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
Two Judge Advocate Generals from Fort Campbell were there to listen to damage claims from people in the communities affected by the fire, which caused no injuries or deaths.
One of the Judge Advocate Generals seemed to acknowledge that in this instance, Fort Campbell officials probably should have notified Trigg County officials about the fire. However, she also said there are fires inside Fort Campbell more than occasionally, and she asked for specifics as to when Fort Campbell officials should notify county officials about such fires.
Humphries said he couldn’t give specifics, but he and others said that in general, county officials should be notified if fires in Fort Campbell could possibly threaten Trigg County people and property.
Humphries also asked if the response would be better and/or faster if a similar fire happened again that day, and he was told that the response would be better. Humphries later said he thinks that communications between the county and Fort Campbell will be improved.
The fire started in Fort Campbell on Friday, Oct. 22, when a tracer round started a fire in what is called an impact zone, and because of unexploded ordinances, Fort Campbell workers started a fire to deprive it of fuel, but due to the wind and dry conditions the fire got out of control, said Humphries.