BIRTA (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission says firefighters are keeping a close watch at the wildfire that has been burning for two days at Ola.
Commission spokeswoman Sheila Doughty said Thursday that the west-central Arkansas fire is still contained and down to 1,100 acres. The fire was at 1,400 acres on Wednesday. It’s burning between Arkansas highways 7 and 10, southeast of Ola.
Doughty says a developing thunderstorm north of Ola could bring increased winds and cause a change in wind direction, so crews are on standby to try to keep the fire contained.
A smaller wildfire broke out Thursday at Bismarck in Hot Spring County. Two air tankers are working with ground crews to contain the 70-acre blaze.