Several Pope County rural fire departments were dispatched to various fires across the River Valley on Friday, April 2nd.

Linker Mountain Fire Department was dispatched to three fires including a structure fire on Beaumont Beach Road and a grassfire later Friday night on Country Club Plaza. The grass fire was located in the wooded area behind the Russellville Country Club and during the fire, the Dover Rural Fire Department was dispatched to provide mural aid.

Just after 5 p.m., the Crow Mountain Fire Department, Russellville Fire Department, Moreland Fire Department and Linker Mountain Fire Department were dispatched to 41 Mary Lane located off of Shangri La Drive on report of a structure fire. The 911 caller who advised she was a neighbor told

dispatch that the structure on fire was a shed, it was fully involved and she could hear something popping from inside. The caller also advised the shed was located next to the house and a tree was also on fire.

Upon the arrival of Russellville Fire Department Engine 3, firefighters offered a size up of the scene and confirmed that the outbuilding (shed) was fully involved and it was located about 500 feet from a hydrant.

Fire units remained on scene of the fire for almost two hours fighting to extinguish the blaze. Due to the shed being fully involved when firefighters arrived on scene, it was destroyed in the incident. Although the shed and its contents were a total loss, firefighters were able to protect the house located next to the burning shed and saved the house from sustaining damage. 

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On Saturday, April 3,  the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) advised that the wildfire danger had increased in many parts of Arkansas.

According to AFC officials, the danger of wildfires is high in several counties in northwest Arkansas and there is a moderate risk in many counties across the state.

Currently, twelve counties are listed in the high risk category and include, Benton, Carroll, Boone, Washington, Madison, Newton, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Sebastian and Logan counties.

Counties with a moderate risk within the River Valley include, Conway County, Yell County and Perry County.

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Moderate risk means an increased risk of fires and a high fire danger generally means fires start easily and can be difficult to control if not addressed immediately.

There are currently no active burn bans in the State of Arkansas, but due to the moderate to high risk for wildfires in the River Valley, it is recommended that residents refrain from burning until conditions improve.