Crawford County is one of at least 50 Arkansas counties under an active burn ban.
Crawford County Judge John Hall issued a ban effective Jan. 24 against outdoor burning of trash, debris, brush and all other materials during the current dry weather conditions.
Lawns, fields and wooded areas are exceptionally dry and the flash point for outdoor fires is unusually low, according to a media release from the Crawford County Judge’s Office.
“For the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the county, all outdoor burning is banned until such time as relief from the dry conditions is provided,” Hall said. “We urge all citizens to work together to protect their lives and property, themselves, their families and their neighbors.”
Several factors led to the decision to put the burn ban in place, such as self-producing wind from open fires, which cause extreme difficulties in containing, and controlling outdoor fires.
Caution and “good judgment” are being recommended by Hall. Those who violate the restriction will be prosecuted.
The burn ban will stay in affect until sufficient rain has reduced the fire hazard and the windy conditions have subsided, according to the media release.
All of Arkansas remains under high wildfire danger status from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, which continues to advise against any outdoor burning through this week.
According to the AFC, 48 wildfires - most covering between 5 and 10 acres - burned over the weekend, according to an AFC news release. AFC crews have worked 237 wildfires so far in January, about 30 percent of the total fires in 2013, according to the release.
Humidity levels are low and wind gusts have been high, both of which can contribute to increased fire activity.
Wildfires have sprung up in several counties across the state during the past weeks, including neighboring Sebastian County. Washington, Sebastian and Franklin counties are all under a burn ban.
Visit www.arkfireinfo.org for an updated burn ban map, updated by the AFC Dispatch Center around the clock.