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Trumann Fire Dept. wants burn ban issued

(Source: Arkansas Forestry Commission) (Source: Arkansas Forestry Commission)
TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) -

A majority of the Natural State is experiencing grass fires due to the dry air.

Most of the state is under a burn ban; however, much of Northeast Arkansas is not.

Richard Mabe, Trumann interim fire chief, said now would be a good time to be placed under a ban.

Mabe said fires are increasing in the area just like much of the state.

To receive the ban, the county judge has to issue it after the city reaches a certain percentage of fires, Mabe said.

With the burn ban, Mabe said it would decrease the amount of fires they would have to respond to.

The fire crew in Trumann has run 10 to 15 calls on grass fires since the seasonal changes.

Having a burn ban would make a world of difference, according to Mabe.

“It would help out a lot,” Mabe said. "It would cut our fire runs down greatly."

Mabe said that farmers "have to do their thing," but it can cause some outbreaks.

“One spark from them burning the fields with the wind blowing could spread to dry grass,” Mabe said. "That right there could start a fire."

With a burn ban in place, farmers would be required to get a permit to continue burning.

Meanwhile, residents who decide to burn are being asked to be extra cautious.

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