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  • Former Camp Howze, "Maneuver Area"The site is comprised of 31,132 acres within the former Camp Howze, located in Cooke County, Texas outside of the City of Gainesville.
  • Purchased in 1941 to conduct infantry training during World War II. The Camp was closed in 1946.
  • Today, the land is mostly residential and agricultural.
  • A formal Remedial Investigation of the former Camp Howze was finalized in 2012. This included the "Maneuver Area". A small amount of munition related debris was found in the "Maneuver Area".
  • Testing have shown that any chemical contaminant levels do not exceed ecological screening values. Chemical contamination is not a concern.
  • There is still a potential risk of munitions and/or munition debris.
  • A key to mitigating any potential residual risk is to inform stakeholders of these risks and educate them on procedures to avoid and report munitions debris, if they are discovered.

3Rs of Explosives Safety Education

      Recognize - when you may have encountered a munition and that
     munitions are dangerous.
     Retreat – do not approach, touch, move or disturb it, but carefully leave
     the area
     Report – call 911 and advise the police of what you saw and where you saw
For more information and educational materials, please visit this link.                    
Munitions may be encountered anywhere past or present military training occurred. Current range boundaries do not necessarily reflect where munitions may be found.