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Tom's Mill Fire

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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
605 West Main Russellville Arkansas 72801
605 W. Main
Russellville, AR 71953

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Flames back down a mountain during burnout operations on November 28, 2017Image options: [ Full Size ]

Some roads will re-open in and around the Tom’s Mill Fire this afternoon as fire managers report the blaze to be fully contained. Firefighters estimate the current size of the fire to be approximately 2,014 acres. No further fire spread is expected.

The fire is completely contained by a secure fireline. Most interior burning has completed with some heavy fuels expected to continue burning for several days. Smoke will continue to be visible as leaves continue to fall.

Road that are reopening include:

  • Pilot Rock Rd (Forest Service Road (FSR) 1800) between FSR 1826 and FSR 1802

  • FS 1813.

Forest Service Roads 1826 and 93237A remain closed until further notice. Additionally, all off-highway vehicle (OHV) designated routes within the fire area remain closed until further notice.


Members of the public are encouraged to exercise caution when entering into the fire areas, and should be mindful of the following potential safety issues:

  • Some areas within the perimeter of the fire may still be burning, or very hot. As leaves continue to fall, some pockets may re-ignite.

  • Trees throughout the area may be weakened due to the fire.

  • Pockets of heat may be undetected on the ground, such as roots burning in stump holes.

  • Firefighters will continue to monitor, and mop up throughout the fire area for the next several weeks.

  • Large fire vehicles will be on roadways.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday November 25th, 2017 approx. 02:45 PM
Location3.5 miles N of Lees Chapel on Arkansas Hwy 164
Incident CommanderDaniel Casto
Coordinates35.558 latitude, -93.251 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel18
Size2,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Hardwood Litter; Timber

Significant Events

Moderate; backing fire behavior


Projected Incident Activity

Will monitor, mop up and hold lines, continue to reinforce current lines

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Continued dry air

Recent Articles

Road Closures Closure - 11/28/2017

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