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Mark Twain National Forest’s fire support helicopter dips water to drop on the fire containment line near Dora, Missouri Monday, July 30, 2012. The Potato Cave fire in Ozark County started over the weekend in heavy blowdown from a 2010 tornado. (USDA Photo by Bennie Terrell)

(Dora) – As of 3 PM Monday, July 30, Mark Twain National Forest firefighters are working to suppress a wildfire, named the Potato Cave fire, in Ozark County, about 9 miles southeast of Dora.

Currently burning in about 400 acres, the wildfire is in an area of heavy fuels left from a 2010 tornado.

Firefighters have created a containment line on county and private roads and across National Forest lands. Officials say the fire is all on National Forest lands, but is expected to burn onto some private lands as part of the suppression strategy.

Officials say that full containment of the fire is not expected until later this week, and they urge non-residents to not travel in the vicinity of the fire.

Officials report to Ozark Radio News that canoeing on the North Fork River is not affected at the current time. Outfitters are still able to use traditional put-in and take-out points.

The wildfire cause is under investigation, but it appears likely that it was started by a lightning strike.

For updated info about Mark Twain National Forest go here or contact your local Mark Twain National Forest office.

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