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Parts of Kisatchie National Forest remain closed

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Kisatchie (kuh-SATCH-ee) Hills Wilderness Area remains closed because of a fire that has burned more than 3,800 acres in the Kisatchie National Forest in southern Natchitoches (NACK-uh-tesh) Parish. The rest of the Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserve and the Kisatchie National Forest are open.

Officials say it is about 75 percent contained. Investigators think lightning started the fire during a storm Oct. 11. It was detected on the 13th.

George Battaglia, U.S. Forest Service air operations coordinator, tells The Town Talk that two tankers that can spread fire retardant were in the area Oct. 11, before anyone knew of the fire. That was because authorities knew drought increased the chance of a wildfire.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk,

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