LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Forestry Commission crews responded to 48 wildfires Tuesdasy, with 18 still currently active, that have burned 608 acres.
Burn bans are in effect for the following 15 counties: Boone, Marion, Baxter, Fulton, Madison, Newton, Searcy, Stone, Independence, Van Buren, Cleburne, Faulkner, Perry, Greene and Garland County. Rain is in the forecast for this coming Thursday and into the weekend, which will hopefully improve fire conditions. For the most up to date information about burn bans and wildfire danger, visit www.arkfireinfo.org
For details concerning the location or status of fires in all Arkansas counties, homeowners may call the AFC Dispatch Center at 1-800-468-8834.
With such a mild winter, most of Arkansas can expect a fairly active Spring fire season. As the warm temperatures and gusty wind continue, there are a few things to remember:
• An early Spring fire season can be just as dangerous as one in a hot summer. Homeowners should make sure to burn only following rain and on days when the wind is low and humidity levels are above 30%. Without those conditions, fires can spread quickly.
• Be mindful that cigarettes, lawn mowers, hay baling equipment, car exhaust, as well as small “controlled” burns can quickly create large flames in the flashy vegetation that is still left from the winter. Until grasses and trees fully green up for spring, we are still dealing with easily flammable vegetation.
• Now is a good time to begin clearing the dead vegetation (including leaves, sticks, pine needles and other dead debris) away from your home while temperatures are mild. Allowing a buildup of this leftover combustible material from the winter season creates a fire hazard that will only become more dry with the oncoming of spring and summer.