Officials Warn Of Fire Hazards

Posted: November 24, 2012 at 5 a.m.

Area firefighters don’t chill out with the arrival of winter. The persistent drought conditions that have afflicted Northwest Arkansas raise the prospect for a busy winter fire season, according to Benton County Fire Marshal Marc Trollinger.

At A Glance

Controlled Burn

Benton County Emergency Services and the Arkansas Forestry Commission have developed these guidelines to determine when controlled open burning is permissible:

Weather conditions in the previous 24 to 48 hours (rainfall, temperature, humidity, and wind velocities).

Current weather conditions (rainfall, temperature, humidity, and wind velocities).

Weather and fire danger forecast data: National Weather Service.

Household trash, tires, chemicals, construction, demolition or salvage waste, wood or lumber (treated or untreated) cannot be burned. Yard waste and agricultural clearing operations are permitted. Someone must stay with the fire until it is out. Open burning of anything not specifically exempted is considered a violation of state law.

Notify the county before burning by calling 479-273-5530 or toll-free at 866-207-5140. City residents should contact their fire departments before burning.

Source: Staff Report

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