Wildfire burns 200 acres in southern Carroll County

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 ~ Updated 1:12 PM

OSAGE -- A raging wildfire that started early Wednesday afternoon near U.S. Highway 412 in eastern Carroll County is 70 percent contained as of 7 a.m. Thursday, said Arkansas Forestry Service ranger Darrell Bohannon.

As of this morning, Bohannon said the fire had moved in the bluffy areas surrounding the more than 200 acres scorched since 1 p.m. yesterday. The burned area is near Osage off County Road 927, about 9 miles south of Alpena.

A hand-line firefighting crew has been called in from the National Forestry Service to access and build a fire line.

Hay burns at a farm on County Road 927 near Osage just after sunset Wednesday evening after a wildfire swept through the area, which is about nine miles south of Alpena near U.S. Highway 412. The fire was still burning as of 10:30 p.m. Martin Couch / Carroll County News

"Our bulldozers can't get to those areas, so we've called in some hand line crews to help us," Bohannon explained.

National Forestry Service helicopters have also been called to the scene for assistance, he added.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, emergency management officials said Wednesday evening.

No injuries were reported.

Several area fire departments and firefighting water tanker aircraft were supporting the effort to extinguish the fire throughout Wednesday afternoon and evening.

For more on this developing story, and photos from the scene, keep an eye on CarrollCoNews.com and check out Friday's Weekend print edition for complete coverage.

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