UPDATED: Fire crews work to contain multi-acre forest fire

Crews received the call around 2 p.m. to a private property about a mile in from Rye Creek Road. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

UPDATE: Firefighters spent about eight hours on the scene.

They told KTVO Tuesday night that the blaze charred an estimated 75 acres.

Crews from Adair County Fire, Novinger, Kirksville, La Plata and the Missouri Department of Conservation helped fight the flames.

Kirksville and Novinger fire crews were still in the process of containing a multi-acre forest fire between Kirksville and Novinger around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Crews received the call around 2 p.m. to private property about a mile off of Rye Creek Road.

The property owner told KTVO the fire stemmed from a Saturday fire, most likely caused by a flare from an unknown person at an adjacent property.

The fire traveled east to west, with winds helping to fan the flames.

An official at the scene told KTVO it’s still dry season. Make sure fires are put out before they're left behind.

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