Fire Near Buffalo National River 100% Contained

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HARRISON, Ark. — The National Park Service says fire teams have been able to fully contain a fire on national park lands near the Buffalo National River.

The so-called Boxley fire was one of two fires reported Sunday on the north side of Boxley Valley, along Highway 21.  By Monday, the two fires had merged, but were contained to about 425 acres, most of which was on national park land.

By 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the NPS said the fire was 100% contained within an area where fire crews had created fire lines using hand tools and bulldozers.  The firefighting was made more difficult by strong winds and steep terrain.

The NPS says the remaining fire in the contained area will be allowed to burn out downed trees and stumps, much of which is left over from the 2009 ice storm.   Fire teams will keep the area monitored until the region gets rain.

There are no reports of injuries, property damage, and no evacuations of any kind. The cause of the fires remains under investigation.

(edited news release)

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