IRON COUNTY, MO (KFVS)
The fire at Mark Twain National Forest in Iron County burned 622 acres.
Bill Paxton with the Mark Twain National Forest says the fire is 100 percent contained, but is only 40 percent contained within the containment area.
That means they are certain the fire will not spread, but crews are still fighting little fires and hot spots within the contained area.
Crews will be there over the next couple days monitoring the fire and hitting hot spots to make sure the fire does not spread.
Paxton says the ground is so dry that if someone were to drop a match on the ground, there will be a probability of 90 percent that it will start a fire.
No word on an exact cause, but we're told arson is suspected. No one was injured
Governor Jay Nixon met with members of his emergency management team and surveyed the blaze by helicopter Saturday morning.
"Extremely hot and dry conditions across our state have created conditions that are prone for fires as we have seen in several counties in recent days," Gov. Jay Nixon said on Friday. "Local, state and federal personnel are working together to fight significant fires in Iron County, and my administration will make available any resources necessary to combat this fire. As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, I urge Missourians to take precautions to prevent fires, check on their neighbors and stay safe."
About 60 people were on hand still fighting the fire on Saturday.
A spokesman for the US Forest Service says there is about 2 percent fuel moisture which means it is extremely dry and is compared it to drought conditions in Texas. He adds crews are making progress fighting the blaze.
According to Iron County 911 Dispatch, Highway 32 was open to traffic on Saturday. Fire crews were still in the area and drivers are asked to use caution.
"The fire will grow and die as it comes up and down the hills," said helicopter pilot Stanley Herert. "As the wind picks up the fire behavior gets more erratic and goes different directions."
"The weather the dry humidity is all contributing to abnormal fire behavior for Missouri this time of the year," said Susan Zornek-Stevens with the US Forest Service.