NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 12, 2013) – A prescribed burn in North Little Rock’s Burns Park will begin tomorrow morning at 10:00 am. This burn is one of several scheduled for the coming weeks and are needed to minimize the chance of a dangerous, unintended forest fire in the future.
Visitors to the Park will be prohibited from entering certain areas of the park during the burn period. Residents and visitors of central Arkansas may smell and see smoke coming from the park. This particular day was selected for its wind direction and speed to help ensure the smoke will rise up and away with minimal, temporary impact to the area.
We do encourage people to close their windows and those with serious respiratory issues should consider remaining indoors.
The actual burn will take place mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Residual fire embers and smoke may be visible in the evening and throughout the night. As the air temperature cools, remaining smoke may settle in low-lying areas such as the Burns Park Soccer Complex and the Arkansas River. Staff will monitor the burn area throughout the night.
On the day of each burn, officials from the Parks and Recreation Department will be onhand within Burns Park to answer questions from the public and to help direct traffic around the burn area.
This burn has been planned and recommended by the Arkansas Forestry Commission,Central Arkansas Master Naturalists, The Nature Conservancy and the North Little Rock Fire Department.
A 2 page quick fact sheet can be found here and the complete 30 page “Burn Plan” may be viewed on the North Little Rock’s Parks and Recreation website at nlrpr.org