Thursday, January 26th, 2023
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AR: Hunters should be aware of county burn bans

LITTLE ROCK – It’s been a long, hot and dry summer in Arkansas.
Muzzleloading season begins Oct. 22 in most of the state and
current weather conditions call for heightened levels of fire
danger.

Hunters should be aware that there are numerous burn bans across
the state. County burn bans also apply to Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission wildlife management areas. Since Sept. 1, Arkansas
Forestry Commission firefighting crews have suppressed 137 fires
that have burned 2,211 acres.

With a moderate to high fire danger risk around the state, there
are a few things to remember:

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged. Outdoor burning
includes the burning of yard waste or trash and sometimes includes
campfires and outdoor grilling. Burn bans are issued by the local
county judge and can vary from county to county. If camping on
National Forest Service property in a location under a burn ban,
campfires are allowed only in designated areas.

Be mindful that sparks from lawn mowers and hay baling equipment
can start a wildfire.

Never discard cigarettes from vehicles.

Never park vehicles where grass or other vegetation can touch the
exhaust system.

To view current burn bans and wildfire danger ratings, visit
www.arkansasforestry.org. To report a wildfire, call the Arkansas
Forestry Commission Dispatch Center at 800-468-8834, or 911.

 

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