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IRON COUNTY, Mo. (AP)  - A fire that burned between 550 and 600 acres at Mark Twain National Forest is partially contained.

The forest’s fire management officer, Jody Eberly, said Saturday that crews plan to spend the weekend mopping up around the fire’s perimeter.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon flew Saturday over the burned land in southeast Missouri’s Iron County. He says numerous smaller fires are burning across the state.

The soaring heat and lack of rain have Nixon, Eberly, and others worried that the state could face a long summer of battling fires.

Eberly says fires in Missouri normally stay low to the ground, burning the underbrush. But the Mark Twain blaze was shooting flames up to 70 feet in the air.

She says that almost never happens in Missouri and requires different firefighting strategies.

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