April 9, 2006 - Posted at 2:23 p.m. CST
PERRYVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Firefighters for the U-S Forest Service
are battling an 800-acre blaze in the Flatside Wilderness Area of
the Ouachita National Forest in Perry County,
southwest of Perryville.
A news release from the Forest Service said the fire was the
only blaze still uncontrolled of five started by lightning from
Jim Burton, fire management team leader for both the Ouachita
and Ozark-Saint Francis National Forests, said the Flatside fire
presents some special challenges. He cited the rugged, steep
terrain, the lack of roads in the area and many standing dead snags
in the woods, from recent storm damage.