Photographs by Arkansas National Guard
An Arkansas National Guard helicopter drops water on a wildfire in this image released Friday.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas is still under significant danger for wildfires despite recent rainfall and the problem will likely continue even with rain in the forecast for the coming days, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
Despite the recent precipitation, most of Arkansas remains under a severe drought and more than a third of the state is under extreme drought. The conditions prompted Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday to seek a statewide disaster declaration.
The weather service warned Arkansans to avoid outdoor burning, adding a small fire to "quickly grow out of control given how dry vegetation is." The Arkansas Forestry Commission has the entire state under extreme fire danger.
"Rain chances will be in the forecast for much of the week," the weather service said in a statement. "But rainfall amounts will not be large enough to dampen the fire danger."
Thousands of acres of land have already burned in wildfires around the state.