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Rolla, MO –Firefighters have completed mop-up work on Mark Twain National Forest’s East End and Madison wildfires. Both fires are 100%, and the danger of fire escaping containment lines has been greatly reduced. Both fires will remain in patrol status for the next few days.
The 622-acre East End Fire is approximately six miles east of Bixby, Missouri. The 48-acre Madison Fire is located just west of Higdon, Missouri, approximately seven miles north and east of Fredericktown, Missouri.
The Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team will transfer management of both wildfires back to Mark Twain National Forest July 5, 2012. Some firefighting resources will be released back to their home stations Jul 4, 2012. Other resources will remain distributed across Mark Twain National Forest to help address any futures wildfire starts.
Drought and higher than normal temperatures are affecting much of Missouri, resulting in above normal significant fire potential. These conditions are expected to continue through mid-summer. These conditions have the Forest on high alert for new wildfire starts.
The public is cautioned to be extremely careful with fires on this 4th of July holiday. Discarded cigarettes or matches, fireworks, or flying embers from a campfire or grill, can start a wildfire. There is a 90 to 100% probability for ignition.
Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest’s mission is to continue to restore Missouri’s great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest.
For further information regarding fire conditions or Mark Twain National Forest, visit the forest’s website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf