Wild Fires Contained in Mark Twain National Forest
SALEM (AP) - The National Forest Service says rainy weather has helped quell the week-old wildfires in southern Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest.
The three fires near the Dent County town of Salem were declared contained at midmorning Tuesday. Mark Twain forest fire manager Jody Eberly says the rain should bring the fires under full control later this week.
But hunters heading out for the firearms deer season that starts on Saturday are being cautioned to stay out of the area. Eberly says trees and roots damaged by the flames could fall without warning.
Authorities have said they suspect arson in the fires, the largest of which burned more than 5,000 acres.
The Mark Twain National Forest covers 1.5 million acres scattered across 29 counties in southern and central Missouri.