Ouachita, Ozark and St. Francis
P.O. Box 1270 605 W. Main
Hot Springs, AR 71901 Russellville, AR 72801
(501) 321-5202 (479) 968-2354
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary Wood
September 16, 2005 479-968-2354
Burning Ban Lifted Within the
Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests
The burning ban issued for the Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests earlier
this week was lifted today, September 16, 2005, due to significant rainfall across the forests over
the past two days.
“Although the burn ban has been lifted, we ask that the public continue to exercise
caution when using campfires or charcoal grills within the National Forests,” said Fire
Management Officer Jim Burton. He also warns that “most areas within the Forests received
adequate amounts of rainfall, but overall we are still below our yearly averages.”
In Arkansas, to find out if your county is still under a burn ban, please visit the Arkansas
Forestry Commission’s website http://www.forestry.state.ar.us and choose the County Burn Bans
option. A state burn ban remains in effect for the Oklahoma counties of McCurtain, LeFlore,
Choctaw, Latimer, and Pushmataha.
If you suspect a wildfire, please notify the Arkansas/Oklahoma Interagency Coordination
Center by calling 501-321-5232, or toll-free 1-888-256-8167.