PINE BLUFF, Ark. (PINE BLUFF ARSENAL) - The local community should not be alarmed if they see large plumes of smoke coming from Pine Bluff Arsenal beginning Feb. 10 through Mar. 28.
The Nature Conservancy's Arkansas field office and the Arsenal's Fire and Emergency Services will both be conducting multiple prescribed and controlled burns during this time. These burns serve as an environmental benefit, not only to reduce wildfire risk by removing fuel levels and loading from the forest floor, but also act as timber stand and wildlife habitat improvements.
The planning of controlled burns includes safety plans, smoke management plans, and fire intensity levels to include flame heights and flame speeds. All controlled burns will be conducted by specially-trained and equipped crews skilled at fire management operations.