15 acres of timber destroyed by fire in Bauxite, no structure damage
About 15 acres of woodland property in the Sardis/Bauxite area of the county were destroyed by fire Tuesday, but firefighters from multiple agencies kept the flames from spreading to nearby homes.
Sardis Fire Department volunteers first responded to an area at Childress Road and Birmingham Loop just before 2 p.m. Tuesday and quickly called for backup.
Other responding agencies were Bauxite, Bryant and Northeast fire departments. The Arkansas Forestry Commission also brought tractors and backhoes and used them to plow dirt lines between the endangered homes and the wildfire.
Chief Daniel Hicks of the Sardis Fire Department said no homes were damaged and no persons were injured. He said the fire was contained and firefighters left the area around 5 p.m.
Hicks said he spoke to an Arkansas Forestry Commission representative who believes the fire could have been started by a lightning strike.
"Neighbors said they saw lightning strike the area the day before — some even saw some smoke — but didn't think anything about it," Hicks said. "It could have smoldered overnight and caught back up during the heat of the day."
The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.