TANEY COUNTY, Mo. – A wildfire that broke out near Reuter, Missouri yesterday is about 80 percent contained.
Fire crews from across Taney County, the U.S. Forest Service and Missouri Department of Conservation responded to the fire, which covered about 1,900 acres.
On Friday, crews were maintaining the control line around the perimeter of what they’re calling “the Rozell Fire” and mopping up any fuel that is close to the line that could potentially cause the fire to spread again.
Mark Twain Elementary in Taney County was evacuated and one home was destroyed.
No one was injured.
We spoke to Joe Koloski, a Mark Twain National Forest district ranger, who says fighting this fire presented some major challenges:
“Challenges yesterday were really the number of structures in that area,” Koloski said. “And also the fact that we had Highway 160 and 125 which are major travel ways that get a lot of traffic so we worked with Missouri (State) Highway Patrol to close down Highway 160 for several hours.”
Koloski says although they’re still investigating to determine the exact cause of the fire, they do believe it was human-caused and not natural.