The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch through Sunday for most of Arkansas, including all of Southeast Arkansas. A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.
NWS FORECAST: A cold front will move through the region Friday with high pressure closely following. The close proximity of the systems will create gusty winds, mainly during the daytime hours through the weekend. A dry air mass will also settle in over Arkansas and the afternoon relative humidity values will lower to critical levels through the period. Northeast winds from 10 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour are likely during the daytime hours.
Fifty-three Arkansas counties are currently under high wildfire danger alert, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
Any fire that develops will likely spread rapidly, therefore outdoor burning is not recommended and is currently banned in 50 counties, including all of Southeast Arkansas.