Ohio firefighters working to contain 1,300-acre wildfire in Wayne National Forest

Small Ohio wildfires combined to form 1,300-acre blaze

Officials say a 1,300-acre wildfire in Wayne National Forest in far southern Ohio began with multiple small wildfires earlier this week.

A statement Thursday from Wayne National Forest said firefighters were working to contain the blaze and urged the public to avoid the area burning in Lawrence County, in the national forest and on privately owned property.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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A large wildfire in southern Ohio that was caused by multiple smaller fires is currently being contained by firefighters.

A large wildfire in southern Ohio that was caused by multiple smaller fires is currently being contained by firefighters.

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The smaller wildfires started Tuesday and eventually came together, and the wildfire grew in warm, dry, windy conditions, according to the forest system. It warned of possible decreased visibility because of smoke along that part of state Route 93, but it said there were no road closures or impacted trails as of Thursday.