The fire at Mark Twain National Forest has now been brought under control. 48-acres were burned in Madison County. The blaze destroyed the old Higdon School that was under renovation, a trailer and a series of cars. No injuries were reported and the fire was started when a local resident was brush hogging and struck a rock. The spark ignited the dry grass. While the fire is under control it isn’t completely contained. Mark Twain Spokesman Bill Paxton tells KZIM-KSIM they are still dealing with hotspots in these dry conditions. The eastern fire burned 6-hundred-22 acres and is a suspected arson. The forest service is using hand crews, 6 engines and 1 dozer to fight the fire. Paxton warns they are still at 90 percent ignition possibility and will keep a close eye on the area for months to come.
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