National park fire primarily contained, 2,000 acres burned

GARLAND COUNTY (KATV) -- Fire crews are on day four of working to completely put out a wildfire in the Ouachita National Forest.

It's just one of the dozens of fires crews have been battling this January in what the forestry commission calls an especially dangerous year.{}

This fire started on Friday at about noon, and with dry and windy conditions around the Ouachita National Forest, it didn't take long for the flames to start spreading.

A U.S. Forest Service spokesperson said Monday the fire has burned around 2,000 acres of land in the forest in the past four days, but crews have this fire about 90 percent contained.

The spokesperson added that it should be 98 percent or higher contained by Tuesday.

This wildfire hit the area of the forest popularly known to hikers as the Little Blakely Trail System, a spot that will remain closed as firefighters monitor hot spots in the coming days.

Since it is in a very remote area of Garland County it never threatened any homes or structures, but officials warned nearby towns of Jessieville and Hot Springs Village Monday that the air quality could be smokey.

A couple at a nearby campground said they watched the last few days as the fire started spreading in the forest.

"People need to heed the burn bans. They don't realize what one little cigarette can do if it is a cigarette let alone a campfire," said Terri Efird from Hot Springs. "I know people like to get out in the woods and go hunting, but with this wind it is dangerous."

Garland County remains under a burn ban, with signs posted all around the Lake Ouachita State Park.

It's unclear what started the wildfire, but it is under investigation.