Fire crews have completed mop-up work on the 622-acre east End fire east of Bixby in the Mark Twain National Forest this week. But a new wildfire has cropped up, consuming about 100-acres of forest, 5-miles southwest of Lesterville. That new fire is about 35-percent contained. Over 55 firefighters from six Midwest states are battling the blaze. Drought and high temperatures are lending to an extremely elevated wildfire risk. U-S Forestry spokesman Bill Paxton tells KZIM KSIM if you’re going camping this weekend, be advised it doesn’t take much to spark a massive fire! Paxton says most of the forest is 13-inches behind in rainfall this year. He says if they get thunderstorms in the area this weekend, the high winds may actually make the situation worse!
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