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story.lead_photo.caption With heavy smoke obscuring the hills and trees in the background, fire officials discussed and monitored the 700-plus-acre blaze northeast of Sulphur Springs last week. Air as far south at Gravette was filled with varying amounts of smoke during the several-day fire which blackened the rough, hilly, scantily-settled terrain. George Stowe-Rains, second from left, said the blaze was contained in an area in which no persons or structures were threatened and the plan was to let the fire burn itself out and clear undergrowth and allow the forested area to re-estblish itself. Others in the photo are, from the left, Charley Orr, Asst. Fire Chief at Sulphur Springs; John Varner, Sulphur Springs Fire Chief, and Will Hanna, Benton County Fire Marshal. - Photo by Dodie Evans

A large forest fire in rough terrain northeast of Sulphur Springs was expected to burn itself out over last weekend and clear the air over a large area in northwest Benton County.

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News, Pages 1 on 09/14/2011

Print Headline: Fire allowed to burn itself out

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