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U.S. Forest Service manages wildfire in Poteau Mountain Wilderness

Hot Springs, ARK. – Ouachita National Forest officials are currently managing a wildfire caused by a lighting strike in the Poteau Mountain Wilderness 7 miles northwest of Waldron, Ark.

The Midnight Fire, detected on Feb. 1, is presently at 800 acres. The fire is located in a remote location with no structures in the area.

The fire is being managed with minimum suppression tactics, which allows wildfires to burn to existing barriers such as natural fire lines roads and creeks, resulting in less damage to natural resources and reduced risks to firefighting personnel.

“"The Midnight Fire, which is now approximately 800 acres, is being monitored daily by firefighters,” said Raymond Self, the Midnight Fire incident commander. “Smoke will be visible to the public over the next few days as the fire is burning out of the steep rugged terrain into locations where firefighters can work in safer conditions. Containment lines are in place utilizing natural features such as creeks, bluffs and constructing hand lines as needed.”