FUDS Notification and Safety Education Camp Bowie, Artillery Impact Areas

Link to full size map of Camp Bowie, Artillery Impact Areas The U.S. Army acquired approximately 120,000 acres in Brown and Mills counties in 1940 to establish Camp Bowie as an infantry, artillery and armored division training center. The camp consisted of a barracks area, training areas and live-fire artillery ranges. An area of the former camp, approximately 47,713 acres, has been identified through historical research and site visits as being an Artillery Impact Area.

Former Camp Bowie is located in Brown and Mills counties and is south of Brownwood, Texas. Today a portion of the property is owned by the Texas National Guard and the city of Brownwood, and the remainder is privately owned.

Because explosive hazards associated with military munitions from past military training may remain on the former Camp Bowie Artillery Impact Area, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends landowners and visitors follow the 3Rs of Explosives Safety – Recognize, Retreat, and Report.

To download or print this information, open the Camp Bowie, Artillery Impact Area Safety Guide in PDF format.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 What will be done next?
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.
 What are the findings of the work that the government has completed?
Historical research and site inspections indicate that military munitions were previously used at this camp and some munitions may remain on the property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that further investigation is required for the Artillery Impact Area at the former Camp Bowie.
 What type of hazards exist?
Military munitions such as artillery projectiles, mortars and rockets were potentially used at the Camp Bowie Artillery Impact Area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is unable to rule out the presence of munitions that may pose an explosive hazard.

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 form.