21 Counties in Arkansas Under Burn Ban

December 28, 2005 - Posted at 2:30 p.m. CST

Jonesboro, AR -- 21 counties in Arkansas are under a burn ban. Recent high temperatures and gusty winds in Oklahoma and Texas helped ignite grass fires, but in the past few days Arkansas has experienced those same conditions.

Record breaking temperatures across the state of Arkansas, some as high as 78, are potential threats of grass fires. Dry conditions, and strong winds only add to the problem.

Fire Marshall Stan May says, if you are in a burn ban, avoid all outside burning.

"It's the holiday season, and everyone has big boxes and wrapping paper and the first thing they think about doing is burning them. Don't. With our dry conditions, it's not a good idea."

Stan also says that there are laws concerning what you can burn and what you can't, so you need to call your local fire department if you are thinking of burning something other than leaves or brush.

As of now, Woodruff County is the only Region Eight County in the burn ban, but with conditions like they are, that could change. For information concerning burn bans and a map of the counties visit the Arkansas Forestry Commission at www.forestry.state.ar.us and click on Burn Bans.