- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis national forests will be conducting prescribed burns in Arkansas and Oklahoma over the next several months.

Park authorities announced the burns on Thursday.

The burns are designed to re-establish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires. Prescribed burns are conducted when conditions indicate that there will be minimal impact to the public.

Numerous conditions must be met before a prescribed fire can be ignited. The day chosen must be a combination of the correct humidity, wind speed and direction, temperature, fuel moisture and atmospheric conditions. 

Daily updates on prescribed fires across the forests can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita or https://www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf or by calling 1-888-243-1042.

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