The local community should not be alarmed if they see large plumes of smoke coming from Pine Bluff Arsenal from today through March 17.

The local community should not be alarmed if they see large plumes of smoke coming from Pine Bluff Arsenal from today through March 17.

The Nature Conservancy’s Arkansas field office and Arsenal’s Fire and Emergency Services will both be conducting multiple prescribed and controlled burns during this time. These burns serve serve multiple purposes in that they reduce the risk of wildfire, improve habitat for wildlife and improve the timber stand.

All aspects of the burns have been planned in advance. All controlled burns will be conducted by specially trained and equipped crews skilled at fire management operations.