Raw: Wildfire burns over 500 acres at Mark Twain National Forest

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by Eric Lorenz / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 3:24 AM

IRON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Over 500 acres of forest was burned and a highway closed after a wildfire broke out in Iron County, Missouri on Thursday.

The fire started sometime on Thursday in the Mark Twain National Forest near Bixby.  Jody Eberly, the fire management officer for the forest, said fire crews have been working around the clock to contain the wildfire.

So far, only 10 percent of the blaze has been contained.

Eberly said there are no homes or structures in the direct line of the fires and no evacuation orders have been issued.

Highway 32 between Highway A and Highway 49 south has been closed.

Fire crews say the fires they are fighting are unlike typical brush fires. Because of the low humidity, they say the trees and other brush are more dry than usual. That's allowing the fire to creep up high in the trees, making it difficult to battle.

For more information, visit the Mark Twain National Forest website.

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