Northeast Arkansas: "High Danger" Area for Wildfires

NOVEMBER 4, 2005 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - The Arkansas Forestry Commission has placed Craighead County and most of northeast Arkansas in a "high danger area" for wildfires.

Due to a lack of adequate rainfall for the past several weeks, grass and brush are both extremely dry at this time.  This, along with the lowered humidity and gusty winds has increased the danger of grass and brush fires in the region.  Craighead County firefighters responded to eight grass and brush fires Thursday afternoon.  Several of those fires had two or more "mutual aid" departments assisting.

Through a statement issued by the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management, Craighead County Judge Dale Haas reminds the county's citizens that outdoor burning is not allowed anywhere within in the state except for certain exceptions.