PHELPS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) – Strong winds created havoc for fire crews trying to contain as many as 10 wild fires burning in the Mark Twain National Forest on Tuesday evening. Officals on Wednesday, though, reported the fires were under control.
An official tells News 4 that only one fire remains burning as of 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The fires burned two houses in Doolittle, located just outside of Rolla. No injuries were reported in that fire.
Forest Service officials said they believed many of the fires were started by accident, but they suspect some of them were deliberately set.
“I am pretty thankful,” said resident Ezra Taylor. “It got pretty close here and the fire department was here and they did a real good job.”
Another fire, which was burning along Interstate 44 just west of Rolla, had closed a lane in each direction on the highway.
On Wednesday, Jodie Eberly, a representative for the Mark Twain National Forest, said the fire is under control. Crews will continue to monitor the forests due to forecasts of high winds.