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Hot Spring County fire 100% contained, evacuation over

A fire burning along the Hot Spring Clark County line is now 100% contained. The fire is estimated to have burned about 450 acres.
Wildfire starts in Amity (Photo courtesy Clark County OEM)
Wildfire starts in Amity (Photo courtesy Clark County OEM)
Wildfire starts in Amity (Photo courtesy Clark County OEM)
Wildfire starts in Amity (Photo courtesy Clark County OEM)
Fire burning in Hot Spring County (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Pree)
Fire burning in Hot Spring County (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Pree)
A fire in Hot Spring County is thought to be started at a hay baler
A fire in Hot Spring County is thought to be started at a hay baler
Wildfire starts in Amity (Photo courtesy Clark County OEM)
Wildfire starts in Amity (Photo courtesy Clark County OEM)
Fire burning in Hot Spring County (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Pree)
Fire burning in Hot Spring County (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Pree)
A fire burning in Hot Spring County, near Amity (Photo courtesy of Jamie Baltzell)
A fire burning in Hot Spring County, near Amity (Photo courtesy of Jamie Baltzell)
Fire burning in Hot Spring County
Fire burning in Hot Spring County
Wildfire starts in Amity (Photo courtesy Clark County OEM)
Wildfire starts in Amity (Photo courtesy Clark County OEM)
LITTLE ROCK, AR – A fire burning along the Hot Spring Clark County line is now 100% contained. The fire is estimated to have burned about 450 acres.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says the fire started in a hay baler, igniting the field it was on. The fire quickly spread to two barns, and then into the woods.

The incident sent Charlotte Watson rushing home from work.

"My mom called and said the pasture near our house was on fire. We got here as soon as we could and started getting valuables out," said Watson.

ADEM says between 75 and 100 people were evacuated as a precaution. They were allowed back into their homes around 9:30pm Friday.

Authorities say 4 volunteer fire departments were on scene as well as crews from the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

Another fire in Clark County that burned Friday is also 100% contained. It burned off of Highway 53 in the Center Ridge area of Clark County, south of Arkadelphia. The Clark County Office of Emergency Management says the fire burned 75 to 100 acres.

The American Red Cross opend a temporary shelter at Bismarck Elementary School.

"This is s important because we give them a safe place where they can stay and rest and have time to think," said volunteer Debbie Ugbade.


Shelter Open at Bismark High School

American Red Cross Opens Shelter Opens Shelter at Bismark High School
Residents In Area Surrounding Amity Should Also Be Prepared For Possible Evacuation

JUNE 29, 2012-LITTLE ROCK – The American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas will open emergency shelter for Amity residents in responding to evacuation requests for persons in the path of the wildfire burning in Clark and Hot Spring Counties at the follow location:

Bismark High School, 11636 Arkansas Highway 84, Bismark
7:00pm

Please bring to shelter:
• Any needed medications, medical equipment and supplies
• Important papers: Insurance, deed to house, banking, I.D.
• Supplies for infants/toddlers: diapers, formulas, bottles, snacks
• Children: pillows, special toy, book
• Teens: Quiet entertainment, lots of batteries

It is recommended residents living near the evacuation of Amity be prepared to leave home should the area of concern be expanded. To be ready at a moment’s notice please:

• Listen to your local radio and television stations for updated emergency information
• Have a full tank of gas, no less than half filled in the event detours or a long drive is required
• Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape


For more preparation tips visit arkansasredcross.org or follow us on twitter @ArkRedCross
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