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Wildfire Activity Decreases Across Arkansas

The Arkansas Forestry Commission Warns that Activity Could Increase Without Continued Precautions.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) -- Arkansas wildfire danger will continue through tomorrow and the weekend, however, safety precautions have kept wildfire activity low for the day. Humidity levels across most of the state will remain between 40%-50% and wind gusts may exceed 10 mph, both of which can contribute to high fire activity. We continue to strongly advise against any outdoor burning. Combustible debris (such as dead leaves, pine needles, and dead grass) easily catch and spread fire during the current weather conditions.

Five wildfires today burned 11 acres. Four homes were within close proximity of blazes – and saved. This decreased amount of wildfire activity is highly due to individuals taking precaution and heeding warnings and Burn Ban Notices.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) has most of northern, central, and southern Arkansas under High Wildfire Danger. Much of west and east Arkansas remains at Moderate Wildfire Danger.

Thirty-two active burn bans have been declared by the following counties: Baxter, Boone, Benton, Carroll, Clark, Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Howard, Independence, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Logan, Lonoke, Marion, Perry, Pike, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, Washington, and White.

Click here for an updated Burn Ban map, updated by the AFC Dispatch Center around the clock.

To report a wildfire, or inquire about wildfire danger, call the AFC Dispatch Center at 1-800-468-8834. To report an emergency, dial 911. Stay updated on AFC updates and warnings at www.arkfireinfo.org or facebook.com/ArkansasForestryCommission.

The mission of the Arkansas Forestry Commission is to protect Arkansas’s forests, and those who enjoy them, from wildland fire and natural hazards while promoting rural and urban forest health, stewardship, development, and conservation for all generations of Arkansans.
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