Burn bans declared in 19 counties


LITTLE ROCK – High winds, low humidity and mild temperatures have contributed to an increase in wildfires across the state, the Arkansas Forestry Commission said Tuesday, adding that county judges have declared burn bans in 20 counties.

Commission crews and local fire departments extinguished 98 wildfires that burned about 1,460 acres between Saturday and Monday. More than 40 homes were near the wildfires, but just one was lost. That home was destroyed by a fire Saturday in Saline County

All of Arkansas was placed under moderate fire danger on Friday afternoon and since then Central Arkansas has been raised to high danger status, the news release said.

Counties declared burn bans include Boone, Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Howard, Independence, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Perry, Pulaski, Saline, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, and White.