Searcy County leads state in 5-year wildfire average

1,800 acres damaged annually, forestry data show

Posted: January 6, 2013 at 1:51 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RYAN MCGEENEY --01-04-2013-- Captain Jaimie Baggett of Pea Ridge conducts a brief inventory Jan. 4 of wildland firefighting tools kept inside a brush truck at Pea Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Station 1. The Arkansas Forestry Commission will be conducting an 8-hour class on wild land firefighting at the station Jan. 14-15. The Pea Ridge class is one of more than 25 sessions being taught at fire houses across the state between Jan. 5 and Aug. 6.

You don’t have to tell Searcy County’s Randy Smyth that these are dangerous times to fight wildfires in Arkansas.

Five-year average of acres burned.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 11 on 01/06/2013