Majority Of State Now Under Burn Bans

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission (AFC) has suppressed 76 wildfires that burned 1,999 acres since Sunday. All Arkansas counties are now under high wildfire danger. Residents across the state should avoid outdoor burning until rain is received.

An Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) wildfire detection flight was forced to reroute earlier today in north Arkansas due to the presence of a drone in the airspace over a fire. Drones of any size can cause a serious or fatal accident if they collide with firefighting aircraft. Furthermore, pilots have no way to detect drones other than by seeing them. If drones are reported near an Arkansas wildfire, firefighting aircraft will be grounded or sent to a different location immediately.   MORE

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