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48 Weekend Wildfires Burn in AR, Burn Bans in Place

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Forestry Commission reports there were 48 wildfires over the weekend across the state, 21 were near homes. Each fire was, on average, about 5-10 acres in size. A total of 217 acres burned across the state.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) reports there were 48 wildfires over the weekend across the state, 21 were near homes. Each fire was, on average, about 5-10 acres in size. A total of 217 acres burned across the state.

Burn Bans are currently in place for 49 counties, including much of Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley.

More from the AFC press release:

he AFC has a fleet of 16 planes to assist with fire detection and suppression; 14 of the aircraft are used for fire detection, the additional two planes are twin-engine vessels used in air attack (air attack manages the air space over a forest fire). Current plans include the arrival of four SEATs (single-engine air tankers) on February 1st to help ground crews with fire suppression via aerial fire suppression tactics. These are staged at Hot Springs and may be deployed throughout Arkansas according to wildfire frequency.

Today’s conditions create high wildfire danger potential across Arkansas because of winds exceeding 10 mph in most counties. Humidity levels will also be below 40%, which makes fuels – including grass, shrubs, and trees – even more combustible than they already are. Fire danger will continue through the week.








To report a wildfire, or inquire about wildfire danger, call the AFC Dispatch Center at 1-800-468-8834.
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