Weekend rain helps extinguish most of Reynolds Co. wildfire

Published: May. 7, 2015 at 1:27 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM CDT
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(Source: Bill Paxton with USFS)
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Helicopter dumping water on large fire in Mark Twain National Forest. (Source: Holly...
Helicopter dumping water on large fire in Mark Twain National Forest. (Source: Holly Brantley/KFVS)

REYNOLDS COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A suspicious wildfire in Reynolds County that spanned 2,145 acres  is now 90 percent contained. This is about a mile southwest of Black, Missouri.

According to the United States Forest Service, the Carty Fire was discovered on Sunday, May 3 and is being managed by Mark Twain National Forest with help from several federal, state and local crews.

Bill Paxton, with the Forestry Service, said U.S. Fire Marshals call the fire suspicious and are investigating the cause.

Current status .

According to the USFS, the fire is about 90 percent contained on Monday, May 11, helped by more than an inch of rain that fell on the fire over the weekend.

They say most of the firefighters involved were able to return home, but there are still about 10 firefighters working on the fireline, making sure all of the flames are completely out and rehabilitating fire lines that were were built to suppress it.

Just over a 1/2 inch of rain fell on the fire since Saturday morning; over the past two days, up to 1.3 inches has fell.

Firefighters will focus Sunday on finishing line construction, mop-up as needed, and assessing and implementing rehab needs.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team was ordered to assess damage and develop a rehab plan.

Road closures

Reynolds County 824 on the north flank, and Reynolds County 822 on the west flank, are closed all but emergency traffic.

Individual roads will be re-opened as soon as possible for public use once there is longer a tactical need for firefighting operations.

Crews and tools to battle the wildfire

Assistance from across the state of Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota and several other states came in.

According to the USFS, on Friday evening there were about 110 personnel assigned to the wildfire.

Other firefighting resources included six bulldozers, nine engines and two helicopters; along with two, 20-person Type 1 Hotshot fire crews.

The USFS said area volunteer fire departments and an ambulance were available as needed.

Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Volner said a helicopter got water from near Centerville on Thursday.

Location and overview of the wildfire

The Carty Fire, named after the Carty Creek that runs through the area, burned actively through downed and live timber on both public and private land, according to the USFS. It's about 1 mile southwest of Black, Missouri.

The USFS said the downed timber is a result of a May 8, 2009 Derecho wind event.

The strong winds toppled or damaged thousands of acres of public and private timber lands across southeastern Missouri.

Heavy fuels and steep terrain continued to hamper crews, the forest service said.

The wildfire spread because the wood was dry..

No structures have been lost, but an estimated 32 private homes and other structures, as well as high tension power line, water, timber and other resources on private and public lands were at risk.

According to Bill Paxton with the forest service, no homes are in immediate danger.

to view a map of the area impacted by the fire.

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