Windy, Dry Weather Raises Wildfire Risk In Arkansas

Feb 8, 2016

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Forecasters say Arkansas is at risk for wildfires Monday because of dry, windy weather.

The National Weather Service says winds of 20 mph to 30 mph are predicted for Monday with gusts possible of 40 mph or higher. A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday.

Forecasters say that the windy weather mixed with dry conditions will raise the risk of wildfires. The Arkansas Forestry Commission says the entire state is at moderate risk for wildfires, with burn bans in effect in four northern Arkansas counties.

The weather service says the strongest winds are likely in the higher terrain of northern and western Arkansas, along with the Mississippi Delta region south of Interstate 40.