ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Ola fire (map below) is prompting Arkansas wildfire concerns today. The Ola, Arkansas fire resulted in evacuations today July 25, 2012 as the fire spread between Ola and Birta midday.
Officials tell news that the fire which reached three hundred acres today is already fifty percent contacted. John Foster with the Yell County Sheriff’s Office briefed news that roughly one thousand persons have been evacuated.
The entire city of Ola went on evacuation today as the fire spread between Ola and Birta, while officials closed Highway 10 and Highway 7. Two structures were destroyed, as damage assessment continues.
Officials are concerned about wind conditions today. The Two Rivers School District gym is serving as an evacuation center. A second evacuation center at Centerville Assembly of God has been set up by Pastor Drew Brent.
Evacuation orders for Ola have been expanded to include Brita, Tucker Road area, and “Old Highway 10″ section. Officials believe the fire has jumped Highway 10.
The fire erupted at 10 am today. The AFC, United States Forestry Service, and Deltic Timber are battling the blaze. The fire is currently less than four miles from Ola, Sheila Doughty, FireWise information officer for the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC), tells news tonight.