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Pere Marquette State Park wildfire (photo courtesy:KMOV)

Pere Marquette State Park wildfire (photo courtesy:KMOV)

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GRAFTON, Ill. (AP)- A growing wildfire at Pere Marquette State Park in Jersey County, Ill. prompted a call out for additional firefighters, Saturday afternoon.

Sources tell KMOX News that crews and trucks from departments like Marine, Mitchell, Long Lake, Edwardsville, Worden, Holiday Shores, Prairietown and others were dispatched for mutual aid.

Portions of the state park remain closed to hunting and other activities.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said early Saturday the easternmost section of the park is affected. The damaged area includes land that would’ve been open for the start of the state’s firearm deer season this weekend.

The rest of the park is open.

DNR officials say the fire was first discovered Thursday. No injuries were reported, and there are no indications of structural damage.

Six regional fire departments attempted early-on to bring the fast-moving fire under control as it spread through rugged, wooded terrain in the park.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The park is located in Grafton, about 25 miles north of St. Louis.

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