Smoke Alert: Camp Robinson Controlled Burn Tuesday

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas National Guard (ANG) will conduct a prescribed burn over about 1,100 acres of land on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock Tuesday.
      
The burn is scheduled to begin around 11 a.m. and conclude around 4 p.m. Smoke may be visible overnight and the next day. The notice is to make the public aware of what will be burning and to alert rearby residents with health conditions that might be aggravated by exposure to the smoke.
      
Tuesday's burn will be in the northeastern portion of Camp Robinson near Highway 89.

The ANG says the smoke from Tuesday's burn may be visible from many locations including the surrounding communities of Oak Grove, Sherwood, Levy, North Little Rock, Sylvan Hills and Runyon Acres. Winds are forecast generally out of the South and Southwest so smoke may impact visibility in Vilonia and near Hwy 89 until it rises and dissipates in the upper atmosphere.
      
The intent of the burn is to reduce the amount of natural fuel on the ground in order to benefit wildlife, and reduce the risk to the surrounding communities from wildfires. Periodic burns are conducted involving small, controllable, areas of Camp Robinson in order to effectively manage natural resources, provide optimum access to training areas and capitalize on good conditions to add a burn buffer zone to prevent accidental fires resulting from ongoing military training operations. The smaller burns also reduce the likelihood of accidental fires from turning into dangerous wildfires during the volatile dry months.
      
Post firefighters and environmental personnel will monitor the activity, and adjacent fire departments are notified as a precaution to ensure public safety for areas neighboring the post.


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