Fire In Mark Twain Forest Partially Contained

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IRON COUNTY (KTVI)- Firefighters continue work to mop up around the perimeter of a partially contained fire that has burned up to 600 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest in southeast Missouri.  The fire started Thursday morning and quickly spread through a portion of  the 1.5-million acre forest.

Helicopters dumped water from overhead at the scene and crews used bulldozers to plow up earth, creating containment lines Friday that held into Saturday.

Ambulances were on standby to treat firefighters who were battling the blaze in record breaking heat.

 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon flew over the burned area Saturday.

With the developing drought conditions, extra fire crews are on duty statewide to respond quickly if other fires break out during the Fourth of July festivities.

Website: MO Dept. of Conservation Fire Management

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