AFC Wildfire Update August 11
Relief in Sight!
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Arkansas Forestry Commission crews have suppressed 14 wildfires that burned 46 acres between 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and 3:30 p.m. today. The rain over portions of the state has provided much needed relief. Several counties in South Arkansas, however, still remain in high wildfire danger due to lingering drought conditions and low humidity levels.
County Judges have burn bans still in effect for 33 of the 75 counties as follows: Ashley, Baxter, Bradley, Chicot, Clark, Cleveland, Columbia, Crawford, Dallas, Drew, Fulton, Garland, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Independence, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Little River, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Ouachita, Pike, Polk, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Stone, and Union.
AFC has remaining high wildfire conditions in the following 13 southwestern counties: Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Ouachita, Pike, Polk, Sevier, and Union. Drought conditions there continue to create extreme burning conditions that allow fires to easily escape and become difficult to control.
Since August 1, AFC crews have suppressed 348 wildfires that have burned 5,526 acres. The 10-year average for June 1 through August 31 is 313 wildfires for 2,846 acres.
With a high fire danger risk, there are a few things to remember:
- Burning is strongly discouraged. This is especially true on days where humidity levels have dropped below 30 percent and winds are gusty. Fires can spread quickly in these conditions.
- Be mindful that sparks from lawn mowers and hay baling equipment can start a wildfire.
- Never discard cigarettes from vehicles.
- Never park vehicles where grass or other vegetation can touch the exhaust system.
For tips on protecting your home from wildfire, visit www.arkansasfirewise.com. To view current burn bans and wildfire danger ratings, visit www.arkansasforestry.org. To report a wildfire, call the Arkansas Forestry Commission Dispatch Center at 1-800-468-8834, or 911.
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