NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A forecaster for the National Weather Service says Arkansans need to be alert to the dangers of wildfires, as hot and dry conditions persist in the state.

Meteorologist John Robinson said Friday that conditions make outdoor fires very hazardous in much of Arkansas as the weekend approaches, and with the beginning of archery deer season only a week away.

He said the Arkansas Forestry Commission indicates high fire danger over most of central, eastern, and southern Arkansas. He cited in particular a wildfire in Ouachita County, about 9 miles west-northwest of Bearden, that had burned about 400 acres, and another of about 120 acres in Grant County, about 6 miles south of Sheridan.