“The colder the temperature, the lower the humidity is,” said Arkansas Forester, Chris Ludwig. “Just because we do have cold temperatures, it doesn’t decrease the chance for wildfires.”
The Arkansas Forestry Commission tells us that during the winter months there’s probably more fuel, scattered throughout the forest. Fuel -consisting of broken tree limbs and dry leaves.
Ludwig adds, “During a wildfire, that’s what helps carry it, and it moves pretty fast.”
In 2013, Ludwig and other foresters battled plenty of wildfires like the ones in Bradley and
“With the wind we’ve been having, it dries out the top layer of fuel, pine straws, leaves, and makes it extremely combustible and flammable. With winds like this, wildfires tend to occur pretty often and spread pretty rapidly.”
In the meantime, the Forestry Commission is recommending that folks pay attention to the forecast before starting a fire outdoors. They would prefer you not burn anything outside until we get some much needed rain.
“An ember can start a fire, even with you taking the proper precautions. So it’s best not to burn when you have high winds.”