Live operations resuming at Camp Williams

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HERRIMAN -- Starting Thursday, live fire operations at Camp Williams will restart with the exception of the artillery. Utah National Guard officials say they've made sweeping changes to their operations after one of their exercises sparked a wildfire in Herriman.

In the aftermath of the Herriman fire, all live-fire operations on Camp Williams were put on hold. Utah National Guard General Brian Tarbet says they needed to determine what changes they needed to make in their operating procedures.

"What we've got is a backlog of about 2,000 soldiers that we need to have get some training," he said.

General Jeff Burton says they've implemented conditions that prohibit spark-producing activities during red flag warnings, as well as given range operators large monitors with minute-by-minute weather data.

"We've implemented a daily meeting with our range control uniform personnel and with our civilian fire fighters," he said.

Mayors from four nearby cities were on hand to show their support for the resumption of live fire operations.


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