CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — An enormous fire has burned more than 1,000 acres in Camden County and kept area fire crews tied-up for days, according to authorities. Residents in the Lake area, many miles from the fire, say they had noticed smoke moving through and did not know where it came from.

Mid-County Fire Protection District Chief Scott Frandsen told LakeExpo.com on Tuesday night that he had personally been at the fire for three days, with crews working all day and late into the night to contain the blaze. By Tuesday evening, crews had finally completed a perimeter, Frandsen said, with help from multiple Missouri Department of Conservation bulldozers. "Numerous houses, hunting cabins, round hay bales and barns and outbuildings were threatened and not one was lost," Frandsen said. "We were able to keep the fire off of all."

The district was able to handle the fire without help from mutual aid, but they did call-in off-duty personnel to man stations while crews were working the large fire; Frandsen said those personnel ended up responding many calls, with 18 incidents on Sunday alone.

Frandsen said as of Tuesday evening the district was not sure how the fire started. His estimate was the fire had burned 1,000 acres, but he said it could be 1,500 or more.