Fire at Shawnee National Forest burns 400 acres -

Fire at Shawnee National Forest burns 400 acres

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Federal forestry officials say a wildfire has burned more than 400 acres at the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters from several states have been battling the fire since Monday. It was considered mostly contained by Wednesday.

No injuries or damage to property have been reported.

The affected area in southwest Jackson County is popular with hikers and hunters.

Forest Service spokesman Pat York says the area has been in a drought and has had low humidity. Officials say the fire was caused by humans but haven't released any other details.

York described the wildfire as "low-intensity" and said it burned along the ground.

Firefighters will monitor the area over the next few weeks in case of a flare-up.

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