A fire that began about 8:30 a.m. today as a house fire went out of control and jumped Hwy. 79 south of Magnolia near the Walker School. Columbia County Sheriff Mike Loe reports that there were no injuries in the house fire – the resident was awakened by a third party who helped her in getting out of the home, Loe said. From that structure fire, the fire then jumped the highway and headed east toward the Magnolia Airport. Loe said the airport was nearly lost in the blaze, but fire crews were able to divert the flames to save the facility. Magnolia Mayor Parnell Vann reports that two city-owned tractors were lost in the blaze near the airport, including one that was just purchased recently by the city. Vann said fire departments trucks are now keeping a close eye on the airport’s hangars and fueling facilities. Residents of the area around the airport and the Walker School have been evacuated, and fire officials have had a few close calls with other homes in that area. Traffic is not being permitted through the scene at this time due to the heavy smoke across the highway and the need for complete free access for fire fighting crews. The Arkansas Forestry Commission has spotter planes in the air and several tractors on the ground. At this time, officials believe the blaze near the Walker School may be under control, but they are taking no chances. The Banner-News is the only media on-scene and has been reporting on the blaze throughout the day on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/BannerNewsMagnolia?ref=ts, and will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. Read on to view more photos directly from the scene.