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Kisatchie Bomb Targets, Kisatchie Precision Bombing Range Nos. 1, 2 and 3

Image map of Kisatchie Precision Bombing Range No.1, 2 and 3.

In 1941, the U.S. Army Air Corps operated three practice bombing ranges within the Kisatchie National Forest. These ranges, known as Kisatchie Precision Bombing Ranges Numbers 1, 2 and 3 or the Winfield Bombing Ranges, were associated with Barksdale Air Force Base. Pilots conducted bombing practice at these ranges using practice bombs containing spotting charges until 1946.

The former Kisatchie Precision Bombing Ranges are located in Bienville, Natchitoches and Winn parishes, Louisiana. Most of these ranges are part of the Kisatchie National Forest, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. This forest is used for logging and recreational purposes such as hiking, fishing, hunting and off-roading. Small portions of ranges 1 and 2 are privately owned.

Because explosive hazards associated with military munitions from past military training may remain on the former Kisatchie Precision Bombing Ranges Numbers 1, 2 and 3, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends that landowners and visitors follow the 3Rs of Explosives Safety – Recognize, Retreat, and Report.

To download or print this information, open the Kisatchie Bomb Targets, Kisatchie Precision Bombing Range Nos. 1, 2, and 3 Safety Guide in PDF format.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Military munitions such as practice bombs (munitions) that contain spotting charges were potentially used at these bombing ranges. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is unable to rule out the presence of munitions that may pose an explosive hazard.
Historical research and site inspections indicate that military munitions were previously used at these ranges and some munitions may remain on the property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that further investigation is required for the Kisatchie Precision Bombing Ranges Numbers 1, 2 and 3.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make 3Rs explosives safety education material available to landowners and the community. Additionally, it will coordinate with landowners as it plans required response activities.

Safety is a Priority

Follow the 3Rs of Explosives Safety if you suspect you may have come across a military munition.

Click to view the Unexploded Ordnance Safety page of the DENIX Web site Recognize – when you may have come across a munition, and that munitions are dangerous;
Retreat – do not approach, touch, move, or disturb a suspect munition, but carefully leave the area; and
Report – immediately what you saw and where you saw it to local law enforcement – call 911.

Additional Information

For additional information view a fact sheet about IRM and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Notification and Safety Education initiative or call 855-765-FUDS (3837).

If you would like specific information about the project listed above please visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth Public Affairs website and complete the contact form.