Ark-La-Tex firefighters battle Natchitoches Parish wildfire

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) –More than 200 firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in a Natchitoches Parish national forest Wednesday.

Officials report Wednesday afternoon that more than 3500 acres of the Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches Parish have been blackened by wildfire.

Officials have renamed the blaze, 'The Wrangler Fire' and as of Wednesday afternoon, only 60 percent of that blaze had been contained.

Burnout operations were completed Wednesday, according to forestry service officials, from the Red Dirt Lookout to the Caroline Dormon Trailhead and along Backbone Trail.

Authorities in Natchitoches Parish report the following closures as a result of this wildfire: The Kisatchie Hills Wilderness area.

However, officials report the Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserve and the Kisatchie National Forest remain open to the public. Officials warn, more roads in the area are subject to closure in the coming days by smoke and firefighter traffic.

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