The Arkansas National Guard will conduct a prescribed burn over approximately 700 acres of land at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.
The burn will begin on Tuesday, January 30 at 11 a.m. and will be on the southern ranges area (Ranges 2-15 and 30) including all the way to Batesville Pike.
The smoke may be visible from many locations including the surrounding communities. Winds are forecast 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.
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.