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Controlled burn ignites blaze at CNRA over the weekend

The Veterans Lake Fire started as a controlled burn (brush pile) on private land on March 19. It escaped containment at approximately 6:30 p.m. on March 20 and spread quickly into Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Incident Commander for the fire is Josh Williams of the Bureau of Indian Affairs of Shawnee. Assistant Incident Commander is Jason McDaniel of the National Park Service of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in Texas.
The fire is smaller than originally reported, with an estimated size of about 1000 acres as of early March 22. Approximately 250 acres are burning in the recreation area. The fire is approximately 10% contained, mostly on the northern edge. Fire crews from the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will work to secure the fire perimeter extending down the western and eastern flanks of the fire. Containment is expected to be complete by early next week.
Closures remain in effect for Veterans Lake, Veterans Lake Trail, Cats Eye Road, the Multi-Use Trail system, and the Inkana Trail. Other previously closed areas have reopened.
Agencies assisting the National Park Service on this fire include: Sulphur Fire Department, Davis Fire Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Joy Volunteer Fire Department, Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Rock Prairie Volunteer Fire Department, Sulphur Police Department, Murray County Emergency Management, Davis Emergency Management and the Murray County Sheriffs Office.
For more information about Chickasaw National Recreation Area, visit www.nps.gov/chic or call the Travertine Nature Center at (580) 622-7234.

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