As area temperatures creep towards triple digits, and a good rain seems to be a distant memory, the Arkansas Forestry Commission would like to remind everyone that the dangers of a wildfire have increased. Currently Polk, Scott, Montgomery, Howard and Sevier counties are under a moderate wildfire risk.
According to The Weather Channel the next rain forecast is for our area is this Friday with only a 40% chance. But with the weather being as finicky as it has been, who knows when the next rain will fall. If some relief doesn’t fall from the sky soon we could see a burn ban in Polk County. Last week Ashley County in far southeast Arkansas was the lone county under a ban. Since then Drew, Ouachita, Miller, Hempstead and Howard counties have been added to the list. If rain doesn’t come soon we could see more counties added to the burn ban.