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Crews battle 80-acre wildfire

Posted: April 10, 2014 - 8:38pm

Flare-ups were ongoing Thursday afternoon in an approximate 80-acre wildfire in the area of Mill Pond and Earnhardt roads, according to acting fire chief Brian Moix of the Conway Fire Department.

The fire was contained, Moix said, but wind was causing problems as “hot spots” flared up “all over the place.”

Three crews, including Conway, Pine Village and Mayflower fire departments, were monitoring the acreage Thursday afternoon.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission was responding to knock out trees that were catching fire, Moix said.

It is believed the fire started small yesterday in a field where a man was bush hogging.

Moix said it was possible a spark from the equipment caught grass on fire and that the fire burned slowly overnight until winds picked up Thursday and spread the blaze.

Crews responded at 10 a.m. Thursday, and the fire was mostly contained by noon.

Fire Chief Mike Winter was out of town training Thursday, and Moix was acting chief.

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