The Buffalo Wilderness wildfire in Marion County, Arkansas grew to over 200 acres before containment.
First discovered last Sunday by Buffalo National River Law Enforcement, the Buffalo Wilderness wildfire has been contained, and the area previously closed off has now reopened.
High winds and low humidity caused the Buffalo Wilderness wildfire to engulf a large region of the Lower Buffalo Wilderness despite firefighters’ efforts to burn off the fire’s fuel supply. Though it is under control and no longer a threat to grow, the original cause is still under investigation.
When first reported, the fire was estimated to be only about 20 acres in size, as it initially burned near Jackson Ridge. The Buffalo Wilderness wildfire doubled in size by nightfall due to low humidity, higher-than-normal temperatures, and wind gusts of 15-20 miles per hour.
12 National Park Service firefighters were sent out to fight the blaze and used back-burning tactics to impede the fire’s growth.