Dry Weather Sticks Around, Fire Danger Rises

Dry Weather Sticks Around, Fire Danger Rises

More Arkansas counties issue burn bans. The National Weather Service says no significant rain is expected for weeks.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The fire danger continues to climb across Arkansas as dry weather keeps a hold on the state.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Little Rock says the danger will be increased through the end of the week. 

Here's the NWS's fire weather forecast for Arkansas:
Another dry day is on tap for Arkansas. Winds will be lower today from the south to southwest this morning...becoming southwest to west then northwest later in the day as the next dry cold front sags through the area. Wind speeds will be lower today and be 10 to 20 mph. Minimum relative humidiites this afternoon will be mainly in the 30 percent range. Otherwise...several dry fronts will move through the state over the next seven days. Each front will bring elevated winds...and lower humidity levels behind the fronts...mainly below 30 percent during the afternoon hours. This will create borderline red flag warning criteria for a few hours each day in the afternoons...today through Friday...for parts of Arkansas. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission's (AFC) wildfire danger map shows the danger is high in Van Buren, Cleburne, White, Conway, Faulkner, Perry and Pulaski counties. The rest of the state is under a moderate danger for fires.

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 Wednesday morning, burn bans were in place for the following counties: Boone, Clark, Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Howard,
Independence, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Saline, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, and White.
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