Arkansas Forestry Commission assists in storm cleanup


Arkansas Forestry Commission crews assisted with storm cleanup after the weekend’s winter weather created dangerous road conditions for Arkansas, especially in the western part of the state.

Many back roads and rural areas had heavy debris blocking access routes, thick ice patches over bridges and downed trees keeping families trapped in their own driveways. Crews in the following areas worked Monday, at the request of county officials, to get Arkansans back on the roads safely:

• Sebastian County and Logan County crews worked along the county line to clear debris with chainsaws and dozers — near Echo Road.

• Polk County Crews cleared storm debris along County Road 14 near Wickes, as well as County Road 78 between Mena and Hatfield. Sevier County also sent support to the heavily hit areas of Polk County.

• The Scott County crew has assisted with clearing efforts along Johnson Creek Road — in the southern part of Scott County.

• The Logan County crew is working to clear roads between Clarksville and Bonneville — along Backbone Mountain Road.

Support was also provided from AFC crews in Yell County and Sevier County in the areas listed above.

See the latest updates at the AFC Facebook page at facebook.com/ArkansasForestryCommission or visit www.forestry.arkansas.gov. To report a wildfire, call the AFC Dispatch Center at 1-800-468-8834. To report an emergency, dial 911.