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Red Cross handles wildfires across Arkansas
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The rains came, but the wildfire danger's still there. Helping both victims and fire crews of the recent wildfires-- American Red Cross workers have their hands full. Wildfires have caused not only firefighters to be ready 24-7, but also, American Red Cross Volunteers.

They approach every fire like any other disaster-- urgently and generously. 

"We don't meet anyone at these fires who said, "I thought I was going to get have the Red Cross at my home today," says Bridget Williams with the American Red Cross. 

When disaster crews first arrive on the scene, they look at what is needed, and get to work. Everything from toiletries to prescriptions, and even counseling is available to those who've lost their homes. 

The Red Cross not only helps victims of wildfires, but those who fight the fires, too. Williams says, "we will help with canteening. Our teams are there to provide water and snacks for the firefighters." Unfortunately, Williams says volunteers have been busy.

Wildfires don't stop at your front porch-- they turn into house fires. Williams also says, "On average it's four residential fires a day, coupled with us assisting with the wildfires. his past weekend, wildfires destroyed two homes and threatened ten others in Johnson County. 

She also wants to encourage citizens to be aware of fire danger. Be prepared and ready at a moment's notice-- it is never too early to have an evacuation plan. 

"I always remind people, you can live in a mansion or you can live in a mobile home, at that point you're probably standing out in front of your home with nothing but the clothes on your back," says Williams. 

Monday's rain has given us a little break, but even if your county gets significant rainfall it does NOT mean your burn ban is lifted or fire danger has lessened. The state is far below normal for rainfall and we will need more long-term widespread rainfall to see conditions improve.

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