Air-station officials say no need for alarm: Smoke over Beaufort part of training

September 12, 2013 

A black plume rising from northern Beaufort County this morning is no cause for concern, according to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort officials. It's just smoke caused by a safety-training exercise, according to a news release from the air station’s public affairs office.

The smoke was part of simulated fires lit on the air station’s runway for Marine firefighters to complete annual training. The firefighters will also train on Friday; fires will again be lit around 6:30 a.m., according to the release.

A column of smoke can be seen for miles, rising from northern Beaufort County, and its faint trail traveled south of the Broad River this morning.

The fires are being monitored by safety personnel and pose no risk to the surrounding area, the news release said.

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