While Crawford County has not as yet been placed under a burn ban, caution is still being encouraged during the windy and dry weather conditions.
Officials from Washington, Sebastian and Crawford counties continue to debate the necessity of a burn ban in their regions. Meanwhile, other counties across the state, including the adjoining Franklin County, have put bans in place while the windy and dry weather continues.
Arkansas Forestry Commission has put the state in high wildfire danger status, increased from the moderate fire danger status it was placed under Jan. 17.
Arkansas experienced higher than normal wildfire activity over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend due to high wind, low humidity, and mild temperatures across the state, according to an AFC media release.
AFC crews along with local fire departments suppressed a total of 98 wildfires that burned 1,461 acres from Jan. 18-20. Fortunately, only one home was lost - in Saline County Jan. 18.
If residents live in an area without active burn bans, the AFC recommends those individuals avoid outdoor burning. Combustible debris such as dead leaves, pine needles and dead grass easily catch and spread fire during the current weather conditions.
To report a wildfire or inquire about wildfire danger, call the AFC dispatch center at 1-800-468-8834.