Mark Twain National Forest’s wild fires near Salem, Missouri were declared contained as of 10 am Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
“Rain over the wild fires today should result in complete control later this week,” said Mark Twain National Forest Fire Manager Jody Eberly. “Due to heavy forest fuels, it will take awhile for the wild fires to be completely out. We will continue to daily monitor the wild fire areas.”
The two contract North Carolina firefighting crews left November 7, 2011; one Type 6 engine from Shawnee National Forest is still working with Mark Twain National Forest Salem Ranger District personnel to patrol the fire areas.
Hunters participating in Missouri’s gun deer season starting Saturday, November 12, 2011 are advised to stay out of the wild fire areas because some of the trees and tree roots may have been damaged during the wild fires and may fall without warning.
“Also be careful with campfires and warming fires during the gun deer season,” Eberly said.
Anyone who has information about how the suspected arson wild fires were started, contact Mark Twain National Forest Salem Ranger District Office at 573-729-6656 or the toll free arson hotline at 1-800-392-1111.
Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest’s mission is to continue to restore Missouri’s great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest.