What burn bans mean for you | Environment
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Forestry Commission crews have suppressed seven wildfires that burned 29 acres over the past 24 hours. AFC dozer crews from Sebastian and Logan County are working with local emergency personnel to contain a wildfire on the southwest side of Fort Chaffee near Greenwood.
AFC dozer crews were dispatched at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday to contain the wildfire that is now estimated at 250 acres. Four dozer crews worked the fire yesterday and the single engine air tankers made approximately 22 water drops. One home was lost and approximately 30 other homes were threatened by the blaze. Crews are conducting backfire operations to remove fuels ahead of the fire and prevent any further damage to homes and other structures in the area.
County Judges have issued burn bans in 46 of the 75 counties in Arkansas: Ashley, Baxter, Benton, Boone, Bradley, Carroll, Chicot, Clark, Cleburne, Columbia, Conway, Crawford, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Little River, Logan, Madison, Marion, Miller, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Stone, Union, Van Buren, Washington and Yell.
Since June 1, AFC crews have suppressed 444 wildfires that have burned 4,254 acres. The 10-year average for this same period is 155 wildfires for 1,413 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<https://mail.state.ar.us/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://mail.state.ar.us/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.arkansasfirewise.com/>. To view current burn bans and wildfire danger ratings, visit www.arkansasforestry.org<http://www.arkansasforestry.org>. To report a wildfire, call the Arkansas Forestry Commission Dispatch Center at 1-800-468-8834, or 911.