Wildlife Biologist Dies During South Carolina Controlled Fire

No details released on death at Army base



FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Army officials say a civilian worker has died during a controlled fire to burn vegetation on the South Carolina base.

The Army said in a statement that 45-year-old Nicole Hawkins was a wildlife biologist and worked at the base near Columbia since August 2007.

Authorities say Hawkins died Wednesday in an area of the base where officials were setting a fire to burn older vegetation and undergrowth and prevent the potential of a larger wildfire.

Army officials said they aren’t releasing any other details about Hawkins’ death because an investigation is continuing.

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