Arkansas experienced higher than normal wildfire activity over the holiday weekend due to high wind, low humidity, and mild temperatures across the state.
AFC crews, in partnership with local fire departments, suppressed a total of 98 wildfires that burned 1,461 acres from Saturday to Monday. Some 43 homes were within close proximity of the flames, however, only one home was lost on Saturday – in Saline County.
The AFC placed all of Arkansas under moderate fire danger on Friday afternoon; since that time, all of central Arkansas has been lifted to high wildfire danger status.
Active Burn Bans have been declared by County Judges in 19 counties: Boone, Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Howard, Independence, Johnson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Perry, Pulaski, Saline, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, and White.
If residents live in an area without active Burn Bans, the AFC recommends that individuals avoid outdoor burning. Combustible debris (such as dead leaves, pine needles, and dead grass) easily catch and spread fire during the current weather conditions. Weekend fire activity was at its worst on Saturday.
• Saturday (1/18) 50 wildfires 892 acres
• Sunday (1/19) 24 wildfires 247 acres
• Monday (1/20) 24 wildfires 322 acres
To report a wildfire, or inquire about wildfire danger, call the AFC Dispatch Center at 1-800-468-8834. To report an emergency, dial 911.