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Hunters should be aware of county burn bans

Saturday, October 22, 2011

It's been a long, hot and dry summer in Arkansas. Muzzleloading season begins Oct. 22 in most of the state and current weather conditions call for heightened levels of fire danger.

Hunters should be aware that there are numerous burn bans across the state.

County burn bans also apply to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas.

Since Sept. 1, Arkansas Forestry Commission firefighting crews have suppressed 137 fires that have burned 2,211 acres.

With a moderate to high fire danger risk around the state, there are a few things to remember:

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.

Outdoor burning includes the burning of yard waste or trash and sometimes includes campfires and outdoor grilling.

Burn bans are issued by the local county judge and can vary from county to county.

If camping on National Forest Service property in a location under a burn ban, campfires are allowed only in designated areas.

Be mindful that sparks from lawn mowers and hay baling equipment can start a wildfire.

Never discard cigarettes from vehicles.

Never park vehicles where grass or other vegetation can touch the exhaust system.

To view current burn bans and wildfire danger ratings, visit www.arkansasforestry.org.

To report a wildfire, call the Arkansas Forestry Commission Dispatch Center at 800-468-8834, or 911.

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