Fire Burns In Mark Twain National Forest

BIXBY, MO (KTVI) – A fire continues to engulf miles of forest land in Iron County.  The weather conditions, so unusual for this time of year in Missouri, have experts comparing the blaze to some of those in Colorado. 

It`s like the fires out west because of the speed.  There is lots of dry brush in the Mark Twain National Forest. A single hot spot is all it takes and then it quickly turns into a line.  And when it is as hot and dry as it is right now, those lines move fast.

The fire has already scorched 550 acres.  Some firefighters have been on the line for 30 hours.  They were finally relieved Friday afternoon.

Despite the massive scope of the fire, no homes have been hit, at least not yet.  Nearly the entire blaze is inside the Mark Twain National Forest.

Helicopters have been reloading then flying over the fire and dumping water.  There have been a number of new flare ups they`ve battled today. 

But for those who live within a mile or two, there are worries about what’s burning now as well as anything new that might start. 

More re-enforcements from out of state are on the way, just in case according to federal officials.  Some Missouri firefighters actually aren`t here, they went to Colorado to help with those fires before the conditions took such a bad turn here.