Several hundred acres of land are engulfed in Bradley County after a forest fire that was contained Tuesday night apparently reignited Wednesday morning.
Arkansas State Forester Joe Fox said roughly 800 acres have been burned so far, and the fire is moving north. Fox added that the fire is mainly affecting trees and vegetation, and crews have successfully protected three structures that were threatened by the blaze.
The fire began in Bradley County on Tuesday night, and while crews had originally contained it, Fox said it flared up again early Wednesday morning.
Three local fire crews are on the scene along with 33 officials from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, 18 bulldozers and two single-engine air tankers dropping various substances on the fire in an attempt to subdue it.
Fox said there are currently no injuries or deaths as a result of the fire, and if the wind holds, no cities in the area are likely at risk. He added that if the wind does change, there is a chance the fire could move toward Hermitage — located five miles north of the fire — but there is no immediate threat to the area.
While there is no official cause for the blaze, Fox said the fire is "of suspicious origin" and under investigation.