Faulkner County lends helping hand to volunteer firefighters | News
CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Forestry Commission has stated the entire state is in severe wildfire danger.
The Arkansas Forestry Commission has classified the entire state as being in high wildfire danger.
During such dry conditions, often times it is the volunteer fire departments that are in need of more resources. With a little extra help, Faulkner County is now even more prepared to fight the increasing number of fires.
"This is as dry conditions that I've seen in my lifetime. It's just powder dry," says Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin.
It's a story that is being told across the state. Judge Scroggin says the low humidity and dry conditions have sparked flames all across the county.
"I'm going to estimate we've had probably 300 acres scorched between them. Probably 15 fires that I know of. Of course the biggest one was at Holland," says Judge Scroggin.
Last week, six volunteer fire departments responded to a fire in the community of Holland with a little help from an unlikely source.
"We carry 4000 gallons which is more than what most fire trucks can carry. Most of them carry 1,000 to 1,500 gallons."
Three tanker trucks normally used in the street department are now stationed throughout the county.
"We knew the capability that they had and we just wanted to step up and help these volunteer departments. A lot of these departments right now, the smaller departments, have already gone through their yearly budget for fuel," says Judge Scroggin.
He says the trucks have already been used in their Vilonia, Enola and West Conway locations. With no sign of significant rainfall, Scroggin says that is where they will remain until the fire danger lets up.
"It's got everybody's attention right now. This is a critical situation. I hope people use some common sense," says Judge Scroggin.
The Holland fire destroyed two abandoned structures and badly damaged one occupied structure Scroggin says other assisting county vehicles are also showing up to these fires with drinking water for the firefighters.
The Arkansas Forestry Commission says they suppressed 21 wildfires last weekend alone that scorched more than 900 acres. They are also asking county judges across the state to include the use of fireworks in their burn ban declarations.