Smoke from weekend wildfire still visible at Land Between the Lakes

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area says smoke will continue to be seen from a wildfire that started at the park Sunday afternoon. 

LBL says someone called 911 about the fire in the forested area off Forest Service Road 120 in Lyon County around 3 p.m. Sunday. U.S. Forest Service firefighters and Eddyville and Kuttawa firefighters built a fire break, which LBL says contained the wildfire to 43.8 acres. 

The fire is currently 28.8 acres in size, LBL says, "with the interior showing minimal activity." In a news release, the park says the larger containment area allowed firefighters to "minimize impacts to cultural and natural resources," adding that "wetting rain is expected to move into the area tonight and through tomorrow."

LBL fire specialist Todd Lerke says they expect smoke to continue through Monday night because of pockets still burning within the contained area. Lerke says they expect the fire to stay within the established perimeter, and that LBL will continue to monitor it until it’s completely out. 

The Forest Service says it expects the fire to put itself out in the next couple of days as rain moves into the area.

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