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Arkansas officials issue 'high' wildfire risk in some counties

The Arkansas Forestry Division notes that under "high" risk, fires ignite easily and spread quickly.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Most of the state of Arkansas has either been put into the 'high' risk category for wildfires or 'moderate' risk.

In July, the entire state of Arkansas was at a moderate fire danger level due to record-breaking temperatures and a statewide drought.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Little Rock says the recent and persistent high temperatures across the state coupled with little rain had put the state under a high fire danger level.

The Arkansas Forestry Division notes that under high risk, fires ignite easily and spread quickly. If left unattended, brush and campfires are likely to escape and spread. Officials say that these fires may become serious if not attacked early.

For areas that have announced burn bans, click here for a list of counties in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Counties may begin to end their burn bans due to the recent rain in the area.

The Arkansas Forestry Division lists equipment malfunction, burning debris, lightning, vehicles and arson as the top instances that can spark a wildfire.

Officials say lawns, fields and wooded areas are exceptionally dry.

If you see a wildfire call and file a report at 1-800-468-8834.

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