Wildfire burns more than 1,000 acres in Drew County

MONTCELLO — Area firefighters and the Arkansas Forestry Commission battled wildfires in Southern Drew County for hours Tuesday. The fire burned more than 1,000 acres and forced temporary evacuations.

“We could hear the fire roaring and see flames at times,” said Kay Craig Malan from Jones Loop in southern Drew County. “Ashes were falling, too.”

Several Jones Loop families were evacuated to a nearby church for safety.