Wildfire Noon Update – 1,422 Acres Destroyed, 13 Dozers, 3 Planes, 10 Fire Depts., 8 AFC CrewsAugust 15th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
The Arkansas Forestry Commission brought in 13 dozers, 2 drop planes, and a spotter plane. Thirty air-drops were made by the planes. AFC crews responded from Drew, Ashley, Bradley, Lincoln, Jefferson, Cleveland, Calhoun, and Union Counties.
Seven area fire departments also responded, including Lacey-Ladelle, Valley, Clear Creek, Tillar, Monticello, Wilmar, Selma, Dermott, Collins-Cominto, and Johnsville.
The fire reportedly began before noon near Ponderosa Trail. Around 2 p.m., it began to spread and consume more area. Around 3 pm, it reached Wilmar Tram Road and then crossed Red Line road around 6:30.
From that point, it moved toward Jones Loop, where residents were evacuated as a couple of homes were threatened by the fires.
Around 9:15, it crossed Eubanks Road, with firefighters being separated by the blaze as it jumped the roadway between fire crews.
Finaly, nightfall and rising humidity allowed the fire plows to gain the upper hand and bring the fire under control before 11 p.m.
No structures were lost due to the fire.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.