Forestry Agencies in Arkansas Suppressing More Wildfires as Drought Deepens
Published July 22, 2022 at 2:24 PM CDT
Extreme temperatures and lack of rain over the past two months in much of Arkansas have USDA Forest Service and the state forestry division on high alert for wildfire outbreaks with dozens of small fires successfully suppressed in recent weeks.
Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
After a cool and wet spring, a flash drought has gripped portions of northwest Arkansas, southwest Missouri and northeast Oklahoma. We query a lead meteorologist as well as a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers hydrologist in charge of the White River System to assess current conditions and future risks.