Team to help manage Mark Twain National Forest wildfires

MADISON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - An incident management team has been brought in to assist managing Mark Twain National Forest wildfires in southeast Missouri.

According to a news release, the incident management team is composed of experienced federal, state, and local fire and emergency response personnel from 20 states in Forest Service's Eastern Region, which stretches from Missouri north to the Great Lakes states east to Delaware and up to Maine.

We're told Mark Twain National Forest experiences on average 5,000 to 6,000 acres of wildfires annually, mostly in fall and late winter and early spring.  This year

A severe drought has created extreme fire conditions on the forest and across Missouri.

Crews are fighting forest fires in Iron and Madison Counties in southeast Missouri.

The team will assist Mark Twain National Forest as needed during this high fire danger period, ensuring that firefighting resources are managed effectively, and timely and accurate information is provided.

For further information regarding fire conditions or the Mark Twain, visit the forest's website.

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