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Despite some long-awaited rain in parts of Arkansas, wildfires are still popping up in some places.

Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) crews put out 13 wildfires that burned 334 acres between 3:30PM Tuesday and 3:30PM Wednesday.

That includes single engine air tankers that were called in to made water drops on a wildfire in Ouachita County.

There is no longer a burn ban in effect for many counties in Arkansas. The recent rain allowed officials to lift the ban in several counties, including Benton, Caroll, Franklin, Johnson and McDonald. Residents are allowed to burn natural products in the state, but man-made materials are prohibited.

County Judges have issued burn bans in 47 of the 75 counties in Arkansas: Ashley, Baxter, Benton, Boone, Bradley, Chicot, Clark, Cleveland, Columbia, Crawford, Dallas, Drew, Franklin, Garland, Grant, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Independence, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Little River, Logan, Madison, Marion, Miller, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Pike, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Sharp, Stone, Union, Washington, and Yell.

Meanwhile, the AFC has designated wildfire conditions in Benton, Carroll, Washington, Madison, Polk, Montgomery, Sevier, Howard, Pike, Little River, Hempstead, Nevada, Ouachita, Miller, Lafayette, Columbia and Union Counties as extreme. High winds and drought conditions create extreme burning conditions that allow fires to easily escape and become difficult to control.

Since August 1, AFC crews have put out 334 wildfires that have burned 5,480 acres. The 10-year average for June 1 through August 31 is 313 wildfires for 2,846 acres.

(story courtesy: KARK)