Southern Stone PIO Eric Nielsen says gusting winds of 30 miles per hour fueled the fire Friday afternoon, but a power line cut-out helped firefighters stop the flames as they spread…
Nielsen says it’s uncertain whether the fire was set intentionally or accidentally. No structures were immediately threatened.
Crews stayed on scene into the evening hours. Smoke remained visible over the weekend as dead trees smoldered in the burned areas.
UPDATE 5:11 p.m.
A brush fire involving over 300 acres in the Blue Eye area is 95-percent contained just after 5 p.m., according to Southern Stone County Fire Protection District.
Crews from Oak Grove and Green Forest, Arkansas responded to the blaze to provide mutual aid assistance.
The fire is believed to have started near the lake and spread up hill. No structures are in danger.
Firefighters are working to contain a large natural cover fire near the state line at Blue Eye.
Crews were called to Avery Ridge Road off EE Highway around 1 p.m. The caller estimated approximately 20 acres involved, but firefighters report a much larger area – involving upwards of 350 acres, with smoke visible from Kimberling City and even the Branson West area.
Just after 3 p.m., Southern Stone County Fire Protection District reported the fire as 50-percent contained.
Crews remain on scene. So far no injuries are reported. No word yet on how the fire started.