Despite recent rainfall in many areas of the state, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues to designate wildfire danger as “Extreme” in all of Arkansas. Burn Bans remain in effect in all Arkansas River Valley counties.
A slight chance of rain remains in the forecast for the Arkansas River Valley for the next seven days. Daytime high temperatures shound continue to hover around the mid 90s. While the National Weather Service does NOT anticipate widespread severe weather, the strongest of any occurring storms could approach severe limits, producing brief damaging wind gusts. Localized heavy rainfall will occur with any slow moving thunderstorm.
Even with additional rainfall in the forecast, extreme fire danger continues across the natural state. Any fire which starts could spread rapidly and quickly become out of control. Residents are not only urged not to burn in any form or manner, but also to be aware of other ways fires could ignite in dangerously dry conditions.
ArkansasRiverValley.com recently released a list of Wildfire Drought Safety Tips, which is certainly worth revisiting.