Crews contain fire in Mark Twain National Forest
Monday, August 6, 2012
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — A wildfire fueled by debris from a 2010 tornado has been contained in the Mark Twain National Forest in south-central Missouri.
Crews fought the fire for more than a week before declaring it contained Monday at slightly more than 1,100 acres.
A late-July lightning strike is suspected as the cause of the blaze in Ozark County, about nine miles southeast of Dora.
Hot weather and steep terrain made the work difficult. The area had large amounts of wood and other debris created by a 2010 tornado.
Forest Service officials thanked residents who let crews create fire lines on their property. They also thanked a resident who allowed his property to be used as a helicopter base.
The Mark Twain covers about 1.5 million acres in southern and central Missouri.