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Dry Weather, No Rain, Keeping Wildfire Danger High in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The entire state is at a high risk for wildfires, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC).
Continued dry weather in the forecast and no rain for weeks is creating the threatening conditions.
Here's the latest fire weather forecast for Arkansas from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Little Rock:
Critical fire weather conditions expected today with gusty winds and low relative humidity. Another arctic cold front pushed into the state overnight. Behind it, strong winds and very dry air are filtering into Arkansas. Relative humidity values may not quite make it to red flag criteria but with almost 2 weeks without rain and one dry arctic air mass with accompanying gusty north winds, fire weather concerns are quite high.
Click here for the AFC's latest wildfire danger map.
The AFC reminds everyone that combustible (or flammable) fuels like dead leaves and pine needles cause most wildfire problems, especially now while the ground is covered with them. Home and property owners are urged to work to clear the debris away from deck areas and fire rings for added safety.
As of Monday morning, burn bans (click here for the latest map) were in place for the following counties: Ashley, Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Cleburne, Cleveland, Conway, Crawford, Dallas, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Greene, Howard, Independence, Izard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Marion, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell.