More than 1,200 wildfires reported in Arkansas last year

     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas forestry officials say 2016 was a relatively

quiet year for wildfires, but the fires still burned nearly 30 square miles in

the state.

     The Arkansas Forestry Commission says there was a total of 1,248 wildfires

last year, and the busiest months were February, March and November. Officials

say the top two causes of wildfires in the state were fires unintentionally

started by outdoor burning and arson.

     State Forester Joe Fox says officials are concerned about wildfire conditions

in 2017 because of lingering drought conditions and a build-up of fuel on the

ground that’s attributed to several years in a row with low wildfire activity.


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