Written by Fred Mullen
Well, I’m sure you have noticed, its getting dry. We are not quite ready for a burn ban, but we really want to discourage you from burning until we get significant moisture back into the small cured and dormant fuels. The Nature Conservancy had planned to burn the heritage prairie lands north of Charleston this week, but decided to hold off for a while. If you decide to burn, please schedule it so you can stay with it and have tools and water to keep it in control. If it gets out of control, immediately call 9-1-1 so we can come help you. Also, if you plan to burn, call the Dispatch Center at 479-667-4127–give them your name, address, phone number and fire information (number of acres, brush piles, etc.)
Deer hunting season is here! This means in part, we have responses to where a hunter has fallen from the tree stand or turned over a 4-wheeler. Help us help you by leaving some information about your proposed hunt with a family member or friend. Let them know where you are going to park your vehicle, where you will be from your parked vehicle, what time you should be considered ‘past due.’ In case you have to spend an unexpected night in the woods, take a few basic supplies: some extra water; some snacks such as hard candy, crackers or cookies; small flashlight; small first aid kit, dose of meds, etc. For a more comprehensive list, Goggle ‘The Essentials’ and customize your supplies as you need. Take a compass and know your Cardinal Directions (North, South, East, and West). Establish a perimeter in each of those directions. For example, if I go North about 1 mile, I will run into White Rock Mountain Road; if I go East about 1/2 mile I will run into Apple Tree Road, etc.
Hikers, boaters, ORV drivers,fishermen–whatever your activity, be ready to spend an unexpected night out and let folks know where you are going. We have really outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities in our part of Arkansas and most folks never have a bit of trouble, but sometimes nature or mechanical problems will throw you a curve. It takes just a bit of more prepared when it does happen.
Well, you say, what about my GPS. By all means use it and take extra batteries. But on your trip is not the time to learn how to use it or use your GPS phone apps. Practice with them before you go.