Updated at 10:50 p.m.
Original copy 3:10 p.m.
BRADLEYVILLE, Mo. -- Fires continue to burn up to 1,200 acres, prompting evacuations and crews from multiple counties to respond to southeast Christian County.
Residents along Highway 125 and
"Right now we've evacuated
approximately 25 houses," said Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle live on
KOLR10 News at Six. "We're trying to seal off the area, make sure we're
not going to have any fatalities or injuries."
WEB EXTRA: Live interview with Sheriff Kyle and resident Gregg Johnson
WEB EXTRA: Aerial video of the fires
Sheriff Kyle says several rural fire
departments joined crews from Taney, Greene, and
"Fortunately it's a pretty isolated area. It's mostly isolated forest. We've had damage to one structure. It wasn't destroyed but it was damaged. We had at least two others severely threatened, but firefighters have been able to knock them back and protect that property."
Sheriff Kyle says a farmer's brush hog hit a rock and sparked the blaze.
Thursday evening, Sparta Fire Chief Brian Loula said, "They put a dozer line along UU Highway, approximately a quarter-mile from the fire that's burning now. They're lighting that on fire to burn towards the fire that's burning now. Hopefully that'll give it enough room that it won't jump. That's been our problem today. It's jumped on us at least six to eight times."Whitney Weaver, Assistant Fire Chief of the Nixa Fire Protection District, told KOLR10 News by sunset about 1,000 to 1,200 acres had burned. He thought crews might have the blaze contained by 6 a.m. Friday.
A command post had been set up and law enforcement went going door to door to help those who needed it.
Gregg Johnson lives on
"The way the wind was blowing a
while ago, I was concerned it was going to jump this road, which it could real
easy. I've seen it do it before. Now the wind's changed, and maybe it'll stay
that way, I hope."
Lisa Taylor was grateful for the firefighters being out there for hours. Because of their help, her home was saved.
"It was about one o'clock and I was actually getting ready to leave to go down the road here. I noticed there was a fire down here on the side of the fence. I could hear the man who was brush hogging. At first I thought maybe there was a brush pile down there, that maybe he had it on fire, but then I could tell that he was behind it and the fire was behind it and that he was calling, trying to get help."
She says she ran back inside her home and called 911.
"By the time I got back outside it was already to my yard here...Bradleyville Fire was here first and Chadwick was here shortly after that."
About 20 miles south, more than 1,300 acres are burning near Hercules Glades. Mark Twain National Forest Public Information Officer Bill Paxton says about 47 people are working to contain that fire. No homes are threatened yet.
About 50 acres are also on fire near
spent Wednesday building containment barriers around the perimeter of that
fire. The forest service is not saying what may have started the blaze. It is
not endangering any structures according to the forest service statement.
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