Firefighters Getting Control of Big Blaze on Hot Springs' West Mountain

JANUARY 4, 2006 - Posted at 11:43 a.m. CST

HOT SPRINGS, AR - Firefighters have a wild fire at West Mountain at Hot Springs about 70 percent under control.

The fire came close to burning a number of homes in the Prospect area of the city but did not get past the back yards.  Hot Springs police spokesman Corporal Chris Chapmond says crews have a strong perimeter around the fire and that they hope to have it fully under control by this afternoon.

About 110 acres burned, and about 200 firefighters and emergency personnel responded.  Chapmond says the crews from volunteer and regular fire departments as well as state and federal forest service firefighters all worked well together to contain the blaze.

The fire was reported at about 2 a.m.  Chapmond says the apparent cause was a blown electric transformer.

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