In prior years, we’ve seen drought conditions as we approach the July 4th holiday. That’s not the case this year. Although rainfall is below normal for the year, the heaviest rain occurred in late spring and early summer which has led to lush vegetation and a lower than normal brush fire risk.
Neither Arkansas nor Oklahoma have any burn bans in effect.
One thing to watch out for is the fire risk later this summer. Some of the worst fire conditions can occur shortly after periods of above normal rainfall. The recent rains are growing vegetation so when that vegetation dries out… there’s more of it; and more fuels for fires as a result.