Smoke Alert: Controlled burn planned at Camp Robinson Wednesday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas National Guard will conduct a prescribed burn over several hundred acres of land on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock on Wednesday.

The burn will be on a training area located in the Northcentral region of the post starting around 11 a.m.

The Arkansas National Guard wants to notify the surrounding communities of the burn in an effort to ease concerns over what is likely burning, as well as give advance notice to those nearby residents with health conditions that might be aggravated by exposure to the smoke.

Smoke from Wednesday’s burn may be visible from many locations including the surrounding communities of Cato, Gravel Ridge, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Sylvan Hills and Runyon Acres.  Winds are forecast generally out of the South so most of the smoke should remain over the post until it rises and dissipates in the upper atmosphere.

The intent of the burn is to reduce the amount of natural fuel on the ground in order to benefit wildlife, and reduce the risk to the surrounding communities from wildfires. 

Periodic burns are conducted involving small, controllable, areas of Camp Robinson in order to effectively manage natural resources, provide optimum access to training areas and capitalize on good conditions to add a burn buffer zone to prevent accidental fires resulting from ongoing military training operations. 

The smaller burns also reduce the likelihood of accidental fires from turning into dangerous wildfires during the volatile dry months.

Post firefighters and environmental personnel will monitor the activity, and adjacent fire departments are notified as a precaution to ensure public safety for areas neighboring the post.

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