Forestry Crews Managing Woods Fire Near Hot Springs

The 50 acre fire is located northwest of Lake Ouachita State Park on the Little Blakely Trail System.

HOT SPRINGS, AR -- Crews are managing a 50-acre fire in Garland County.

The fire is located northwest of Lake Ouachita State Park, off road 30200 on the Little Blakely Trail System.

It began yesterday.

All trails within the system are closed until further notice.

The fire is currently being managed with less than full suppression, a strategy often used when access is difficult, and safety of firefighters is at risk.

With full suppression, immediate action is undertaken to control wildfires as quickly as possible, particularly when human improvements such as homes, outbuildings and other structures are imminently threatened.

When less than full suppression tactics are employed, wildfires burn to existing barriers such as roads or creeks, resulting in less damage to natural resources.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says managing the fire with less than full suppression will also reduce the chance that current wind conditions move heavy smoke through the Hot Springs area.

“With current wind and weather conditions and the safety of firefighters in mind, the prudent decision is to continue to manage the fire until the right opportunity to extinguish it,” said Megan Moynihan, Jessieville-Winona-Fourche District Ranger.

The fire is located in a remote location and away from private lands or structures and is expected to burn over the next several days.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
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