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1,185 Acres Destroyed, as Forest Fire Burned Across Southern Drew County, Over Weekend

September 20th, 2010 by

Around 2:30, Saturday afternoon, a forest fire was reported in the southern part of Drew County.

For several hours, the fire was moving north on two separate fronts, and south, with another fire wall, centered around Gates/Mainline Road, between the south section of Midway Route and Collins Line Road, about 15-20 miles from Monticello.

Local fire departments were standing by area deer camps and watch for road crossings, while 2 planes were dropping water, another plane guiding the firefighters, and 9 fire-plows were also working to extinguish the blazes.

Around 7:30, Saturday night,  it was estimated the the fire was 50% contained, and that the planes and plows would be able to contain and control the remaining fire; and at 9 pm Arkansas Forestry Commission crews reported that the fire had been contained.

Several area fire departments, came out to assist the local AFC workers, including  fire crews from Lacey-Ladelle, Collins-Cominto, Monticello, and Dermott.

Other counties Forestry Commission teams also responded; including Bradley, Cleveland, and Lincoln Counties.

Drew County deputies, local constables, and ADEM and OEM were also on the scene, to help as needed.

Sunday, the Forestry commission was called out again, as ashes had blown across the fire lanes, and started fires again, on the south end, and the fires had now crossed into Ashley County.

As of 2 pm, Sunday afternoon, an estimated 990 acres or timber had been destroyed, in Drew County.

The bottom photo, submitted by Hunter Jones, shows the fire feeding on fresh timber, with flames estimated to be aprroximately 150 feet tall.

5 Responses to “1,185 Acres Destroyed, as Forest Fire Burned Across Southern Drew County, Over Weekend”

  1. west0987 says:

    how did it start

    Joe B.: They hadn’t determined a starting point, as of Saturday night.

  2. LEROY says:

    after all that we now have people on west end of valley junction that is burning a stump and its going across yard towards woods with no one in site.so i called sheriff’s dept.sure dont need houses burned down.

  3. Sue Harper says:

    I hope no one was hurt and no homes were destroyed.

  4. doug says:

    If it get to our deer wood it will burn out. All of our woods have been cut.

  5. Cornflake S. Pecially says:

    Response; I will answer your question if you will provide a real e-mail address.
    Joe Burgess, MonticelloLive.com

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