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Controlled burn scheduled Wednesday for Camp Robinson

A prescribed burn over about 390 acres on Camp Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the Arkansas National Guard Environmental Office.

The prescribed burn will be located near the western boundary of the post and involve a portion of a remote training area.

The intent of the burn is to reduce the amount of natural fuel on the ground in order to benefit wildlife and the surrounding communities with the reduced risk of wildfires. Periodic burns are conducted involving small, controllable, areas of Camp Robinson. Post firefighters and environmental personnel will monitor the activity, and adjacent fire departments are notified as a precaution to ensure public safety for areas neighboring the post.

Current weather forecasts indicate winds from the south, which should help keep a majority of the smoke over Camp Robinson. Although winds are favored to keep the smoke mainly over the post, it will likely be visible off post in the areas along Interstate 40 between Morgan and Mayflower, along Arkansas Highway 89 just south of Lake Conway and in the Cato community to the north of Camp Robinson.

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