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2,500 acres under controlled burn at Mark Twain National Forest

CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Part of the Mark Twain National Forest in Butler, Carter, and Wayne counties in southeast Missouri is under a controlled burn.

Authorities are burning 2,500 acres to preserve wildlife in the area.

"Recreated some of the habitat conditions that were here before, looking at forbs and grasses on the forest floor," said Bill Paxton, a Mark Twain National Forest Ranger. "The wildlife love it: quail, turkey, deer, songbirds, all those things.  So it's reestablishing the food chain."

Extra crews are on scene just to make sure the fire doesn't get out of control.

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