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2 wildfires burning near Boxley Valley merge together

The Buffalo National River says the Whitley and Edgeman fires were reported along Arkansas Highway 21 midday Sunday. (Photo courtesy: Ponca VFD)

UPDATE (4:21 p.m. 12/11/17) -- The Buffalo National River with the National Park Service says the Whitley and Edgeman fires have now merged into one.

Firefighters continue to work to reinforce the area and much of the containment efforts are focused on near verticle hillsides in rough terrain.

Authorities say though the fire is still burning, it is staying with its designated containment area despite high winds and dry fuel.

So far, there have been no reports of injury or property damage associated with the fires.

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ORIGINAL (11:15 a.m. 12/11/17) -- Two wildfires spanning private and national park lands near Boxley Valley and covering an estimated 65 acres are expected to grow Monday.

The Buffalo National River with the National Park Service says the Whitley and Edgeman fires were reported along Arkansas Highway 21 midday Sunday.

As of Monday morning, the Whitley fire is estimated at 50 acres and the Edgeman fire is estimated to be at 15. Fire containment is estimated at about 10 percent, the park service states.

Crews from the Buffalo National River’s Fire Module, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, and the Deer, Ponca, and Mount Sherman volunteer fire departments responded to the scene initially. However, they had to leave for their own safety at 8 p.m Sunday.

The National Park Service says predicted high winds and steep terrain will complicate firefighters' ongoing response.

The cause of the fires remains under investigation.

To see which counties are under a burn ban, visit the Arkansas Forestry Commission website.

To report a fire on the park, contact 911 or park dispatch at 888-692-1162.

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