Last week, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe used his weekly column and radio address to discuss the statewide emphasis on NFPA's Firewise program. The timing on his address is ideal as the wildfire activity in Arkansas is already surging this year. Additionally, because of unusually low humidity levels, there will continue to be a higher risk for these unpredictable and dangerous blazes.
Beebe does point out that fortunately, Arkansas communities and local fire departments work hard to mitigate and prevent wildfires year round. In 2013, Arkansas was actually the number one Firewise state in the country, having more communities than any other. While he is proud of this distinction and all of the the effort to this point, he reminds all that "our vigilance must continue to increase for the upcoming fire season."
Beebe goes on to discuss how communities can get involved with the state's Firewise program if they are not already, and why doing so will be beneficial both to homeowners, their neighbors, and the firefighters working to protect them all. Take a look at Beebe's full column for all of his remarks, and be sure to take his advice!