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    Hot Springs News:

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV/AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is battling a 50-acre wildfire northwest of Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs.

    Forest Service officials say the blaze began about noon Friday and has closed all trails within the Little Blakely Trail System. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    The fire is located in a remote location and away from private lands or structures. Officials say it is expected to burn over the next several days.

    Officials are managing the wildfire using a strategy that will allow it to burn to existing barriers such as roads or creeks, resulting in less damage to natural resources.

    They say managing the fire that way will also reduce the chance that current wind conditions move heavy smoke through the Hot Springs area.

    There currently 42 counties under a burn ban and high wildfire conditions continue as 10 mph gusts rush through the state and humidity levels remain low.

    To report a wildfire, or inquire about wildfire danger, call the AFC Dispatch Center at 1-800-468-8834. To report an emergency, dial 911. Stay updated on AFC updates and warnings at www.arkfireinfo.org or facebook.com/ArkansasForestryCommission.

    (The Associated Press has contributed to this report.)

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