Read part I here.

A few hours later we were allowed back onto the range, cleared hot to commence our night shoot. There was still fire in the valley and it had spread across the terrain, but it was considered under control.

As before, we shot into the night, firing all of our weapons, including parachute flares from M79 grenade launchers. In case anyone has been living under a rock their entire lives, flares are hot and burn, that’s their only function. Common sense would probably tell you that hot flares can cause fires; if this is what you thought, you are correct. Well, that fire in the valley that was “under control” slowly started growing again.

We finished our night shoot and began prepping ammo for the next day, it was around midnight. All of the instructors had left except for two who were assigned to stay with us that night.