Air Tankers Arrive Early to Help With Wildfires
Due to high temperatures and drought conditions, the Arkansas Forestry Commission is bringing air tankers in a week early to help fight wildfires.
Air tankers are planes that drop hundreds of gallons of water to help slow the procession of fires.
Crews have put out over 364 wildfires across the state since the beginning of June.
Southern and Western Arkansas has seen the most fire activity, but with continued extreme weather, activity has increased in Central Arkansas as well.
Christina Fowler of the Forestry Commission says the tankers are based out of Hot Springs Airport.
"We currently have one on standby today, and then two planes will be in the state from Saturday until towards the end of September is what they're contracted to be here. However, we do have the capabilities to extend that contract if the fire season doesn't improve."
Fowler also went on to say the most important thing you can do to help prevent wildfires is to follow your local burn ban.
42 Arkansas counties are currently under burn ban.