Flames Jump Fire Line in Logan Co.
A fire that forced evacuations over the weekend near Magazine jumped the fire line Monday afternoon, according to Don Fairbanks with the Logan County Office of Emergency Management.
The fire jumped the north fire line around 2:45 p.m. and moved towards Highway 10 from Hog Thief Valley Road, Fairbanks said.
A helicopter, two tanker plans and nine dozers are working to get the fire back under control.
Fairbanks says 60 U.S. Forest Service workers and members of several rural fire departments are also on the ground to protect homes. However, Fairbanks says no structures are threatened at this time.
They hope to have the fire contained soon, he said.
Earlier in the day firefighters began a “mop-up,” where they searched for smoking trees and hot spots to put out. The fire which began Sunday evening was contained by Monday morning.
Jeff Patrick of the Northwest Arkansas Red Cross chapter said 12 families were temporarily evacuated from their homes about 8:40 p.m. Sunday.
Disaster teams opened a wildfire evacuation shelter for Logan County residents moving to safety from the fire at the J.D. Leftwich High School, 292 E. Priddy Street.
Officials with the Red Cross say only one family opted to stay in the shelter.
No homes were damaged by the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.