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Fire Managers suppress Fodderstack wildfire burning in Ouachita National Forest

Submitted by the U.S. Forest Service

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – November 30, 2021—The Fodderstack wildfire burning in the Ouachita National Forest was expected to slowly burn the next few days, reaching full containment at just over 2,000 acres.

On Nov. 30, around 350 acres had burned. The wildfire was detected on November 28 at approximately 11:30 a.m., about four miles southwest of Albert Pike Campground in Polk and Montgomery Counties, or about five miles east of Shady Lake Campground.

Located in a largely inaccessible area due to steep terrain, fire managers allowed the fire to burn toward easily accessible, pre-existing control lines.

Full fire suppression tactics were to be used on the wildfire to extinguish the fire, including the use of fire activity to bring the fire’s edge to a more accessible natural or man-made boundary to minimize firefighter exposure to steep terrain and increase the probability of suppression success. Natural and man-made boundaries may include stream crossings, roads, previously burned areas, or trail systems.

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and a chance of precipitation were expected to prevent large fire growth. area Air operations were available for suppression support if needed and atmospheric conditions allow.

The Viles Branch and Eagle Rock trails were closed. The trail located on the western perimeter has been reopened after the fire was 100% contained Saturday, Dec. 3. 

Forest personnel are currently mopping up the area, which includes extinguishing or removing burning material along or near the control line. The cause of the wildfire is currently under investigation.

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