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Army training grenade sparks Calif. wildfire

Aug. 21, 2013 - 08:27AM   |  
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DUBLIN, CALIF. — A smoke grenade from a military training exercise started a 170-acre brush fire in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Dublin.

Army spokeswoman Susan Clizbe told the Contra Costa Times that the grenade was being used Tuesday for the training of reserves at Camp Parks.

The fire broke out at about 1:30 p.m., and the campís fire department ó with help from state and Alameda County firefighters and water-dropping aircraft ó had it contained about three hours later. No one was injured and no homes or buildings burned.

The Army gave no further details on the training exercise or the grenade that started the fire.

The blaze was one of many burning across Northern California, most sparked by dry lightning amid dangerously hot and dry conditions.

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