Draughon Range fires extinguished by Misawa AB and City fire responders

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  • By Maj. Cody Chiles
  • 35 Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Fire responders from the U.S. Air Force 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, Japan Air Self-Defense Force 3rd Air Wing and Misawa City extinguished fires on Draughon Range following routine training that began at approximately 7:30 p.m. on 22 April. 

The fires did not cause damage or pose a threat to base and civilian structures. The fires were responded to immediately and extinguished after being reported by 35th Operations Support Squadron Draughon Range officials. 

The fires were caused by the expenditure of hot ammunition shell casings into vegetated areas on the range. Fire officials assessed the fires as a low threat. USAF, JASDF and city personnel subsequently used the event as an opportunity to conduct bilateral and civil fire training.  

“Range safety is our top priority. The officials who oversee Draughon Range operations took immediate action to ensure the fires were properly contained,” said Col. Timothy Murphy, 35th Fighter Wing vice commander. “We appreciate the support we received from Misawa City and JASDF Firefighters. We turned this into a training opportunity and worked together to extinguish the fire as a team.”  

Draughon Range is a premiere air-to-ground training site located in northern Japan. U.S. Force and partner nations train at the range to enhance capabilities such as Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, munition employment, Combat Search and Rescue and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, ultimately enhancing the readiness of joint and multinational forces in the region.







この火災による基地や民間建造物への被害、またその恐れはありませんでした。本火災は 第35作戦支援隊所属の射場関係者が火災発生後直ちに通報したことにより、迅速な消火活動が行われ、鎮火しました。