Latest Hot Springs Wildfire Should be Controlled Today

JANUARY 6, 2006 - Posted at 8:27 a.m. CST

HOT SPRINGS, AR - Federal foresters say a wildfire burning near Hot Springs' famed Bathhouse Row was contained within a 110-acre area yesterday and should be completely under control sometime today.  Using computer technology, officials with the Ouachita National Forest said the blaze charred just more than 50 acres.  Smoke shrouded West Mountain Wednesday, and flames reached the back yards of homes on the western side of the city, but no property damage was reported and no one was injured.

Fire officials initially suspected an electrical station transformer exploded, starting the fire, but now they say the fire's cause is still under investigation.

Much of Arkansas has suffered from a drought over the past year and more than two-thirds of the state is under a burn ban.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)