State Sen. Jason Rapert (R - Bigelow) and State Rep. Stephen Meeks (R - Greenbrier) flew with one of the Arkansas Forestry Commission's spotter planes Friday afternoon to survey damage caused by the recent wildfires.
"The scars left by the aftermath of the wildfires were plainly visible across the landscape," Meeks said. "While it was encouraging to see and dodge rain showers during the flight, we did see a lightning sparked fire southeast of Heber Springs. This emphasizes that even though some places have gotten rain from pop up showers it is not enough to alleviate the fire danger in these areas.
"This wildfire season has shown us the importance of having a strong and healthy Forest Service in Arkansas," Meeks said. "One of my goals for the next session is to restore the two Forestry mechanic positions lost recently in Greenbrier, as they provided vital services to volunteer fire departments statewide."
Meeks said it takes everyone to work against the spread of wildfires, especially in such a dry season.
"I appreciate the diligent efforts of our citizens to guard against wildfires, and the work our local fire departments and the Forestry Service is doing to keep wildfire damage to a minimum."