Wildfires Burn Hundreds of Acres in Arkansas
Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) crews and the U.S. Forest Service are battling a 75 acre wildfire on Mt. Magazine. As of 8:30pm Sunday it was not contained right now.
Crews are also trying to contain a 200 acre wildfire in Clark County that started near Gurdon. Single Engine Air Tankers are working to suppress the fire.
The U.S. Forest Service is also working with the AFC to suppress two fires northwest of Blue Mountain Lake. One of the fires is estimated at 40 acres. AFC crews are working to suppress six wildfires. Two fires are burning in Benton County, and there are also fires in Clark, Logan, Newton and Yell Counties.
Fires have been suppressed in Howard, Izard, Lawrence, Lonoke, Miller, Garland, Hot Spring, Logan, Carroll, Conway, and Cleburne counties.
Sheila Doughty, FireWise Information Officer with Arkansas Forestry Commission said, "With the extreme heat, heat exhaustion can be an issue for fire suppression crews. Due to the extreme fire danger, any spark can cause a fire. Be mindful that sparks from lawn mowers and hay baling equipment can start fires. Never park vehicles where grass or other vegetation can touch the exhaust system. Never discard cigarettes from vehicles. Fires can grow quickly and spot fires from the main fire can cause problems for fire suppression efforts."
County Judges have issued burn bans in 70 of Arkansas's 75 Counties and the Arkansas Forestry Commission has rated the fire danger as Extreme for the entire state.
For tips on protecting your home from wildfire, visit www.arkansasfirewise.com.
To view current burn bans and wildfire danger ratings, visit www.arkansasforestry.org.
To report a wildfire, call the Arkansas Forestry Commission Dispatch Center at 1-800-468-8834, or 911.