National Weather Service Issues “High Wildfire Danger” Alert

From the National Weather Service...

ALL OF ARKANSAS IN A HIGH WILDFIRE DANGER...

DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO WORSEN ACROSS THE REGION GIVEN A LACK
OF RAINFALL AND NO SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION IN THE FORECAST.

AS OF JUNE 26TH...ALMOST ONE THIRD OF THE STATE WAS LISTED IN EXTREME
DROUGHT AND ALMOST 88 PERCENT OF THE STATE IS SEEING SEVERE DROUGHT 
CONDITIONS. RECENT HOT AND DRY WEATHER HAS INCREASED EVAPORATION
RATES...AND VEGETATION HAS DRIED OUT QUICKLY. FUEL MOISTURE IN THE
GRASSES AND SHRUBS WHICH TEND TO CARRY SURFACE FIRE ARE BELOW SIX
PERCENT.  AS SUCH... WILDFIRES HAVE BECOME MORE COMMON LATELY.

THE ARKANSAS FORESTRY COMMISSION HAS THE ENTIRE STATE IN A HIGH
FIRE DANGER. SIXTY NINE OUT OF SEVENTY FIVE COUNTIES ARE NOW UNDER
BURN BANS. ALL BUT SIX COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF ARKANSAS AS NOW
UNDER A BURN BAN.

OUTDOOR BURNING...INCLUDING THE USE OF FIREWORKS...IS STRONGLY
DISCOURAGED IN ARKANSAS UNTIL WIDESPREAD SUBSTANTIAL RAIN FALLS
WELL ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND LITTLE OR NO RAIN WILL BE THE
NORM DURING THE REMAINDER OF JUNE AND THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF JULY.

Earlier this week, ArkansasRiverValley.com issued tips to
help prevent wildfires from occurring in this terribly dry period.

You can find that post here...

http://arkansasrivervalley.com/fire-safety-in-drought-conditions/