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Firefighters battle wildfire in Wayne National Forest

DECATUR TOWNSHIP — U.S. Forest Service Firefighters from the Wayne National Forest, Ironton Ranger District are busy this morning responding to a wildfire that’s estimated to be 70-acres.

As of 10:15 a.m., the fire was located on the north end of Decatur Township west of State Route 93 off County Road 34, known as Pine Creek Road. No homes or any other structures are threatened at this time. Firefighters are seeking to place a containment line around the fire, which is creeping along the forest floor burning mostly leafy vegetation.

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown.

Cooperators on the incident include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and the Madison Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department.

Ohioans are urged to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris. Ohio law states that outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October, November and December, as well as the months of March, April, and May. Violators of Ohio’s burning regulations are subject to citations and fines.

The fire is not the result of a prescribed fire that was planned for yesterday (Monday, November 9th) on the district. Weather conditions kept firefighters from implementing the burn.