Benton County joins others in region with burn ban; Northwest Arkansas at ‘high’ wildfire risk

All of northwestern Arkansas are now under burning ban.

Benton County Magistrate Barry Moihering has issued a countywide fire ban two days after Washington County Judge Joseph Wood ruled.

Benton County’s open fire ban will continue until conditions improve with the county’s cooperation with local fire officials, Moehring ordered. Benton County officials are urging residents to exercise extreme caution when cooking or roasting outdoors, according to a county news report.

“The best thing that can be done is to put out the fire,” said Avocado Fire Chief Franኪois Eliot. “The truth is dry.”

According to the Arkansas Forest Commission website, Brown, Carol, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Newton, Scott and Sebastian counties are under fire. 55 Arkansas 75 counties have been banned by local county judges.

It was a dry month in northwestern Arkansas, the River Valley, and the rest of the state.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa shows 0.43 inches of rain on July 2-3 in Haifil, northwest of Arkansas National Airport. According to the weather service, no rain fell in either Drake Field or Fort Smith Regional Airport.

Susan Anglin, of Benton County Peace Justice, and her husband, Ryan, use 600 acres[600 ha]of land west of Bentonville for cattle and grass.

“It’s dry, it’s dry, it’s dry,” she told me. “Everything is burned – grazing lands, fields. This is a tinder box.”

Kevin Boydston, deputy director of the Bentonville Fire Department, said the city did not see any rise in brush or grass fires.

“Much of what is in the city is fertile. Fire officials are advising residents to take the debris as part of a backyard repair,” he said.

Violation of a court order that sets Benton County law punishable by a fine ranging from $ 25 to $ 1,000, imprisonment for no more than 30 days in a county jail, or both.

Benton County is listed as having a moderate drought. The northern part of Washington County is experiencing a moderate drought and the southern half is described as unusually dry.

If the drought control is established,

Today’s Northwest Arkansas forecast is sunny 97. Many calls similar to Saturday’s high 96, according to the weather service. On Sunday, 20% of the thunderstorms are 91 times higher.

Return to warm and dry weather begins on Monday and will probably last longer next week. Prolonged overheating could occur next week, exacerbating further drought conditions, according to the weather service.

Wildfires have increased.

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has increased wildfires in all 75 counties over the past two weeks, according to a news report.

Twelve counties in northwestern Arkansas have been declared “high” and the rest are considered “moderate” for wildfires. There are four risk levels: low, medium, high and high.

“These few days, with little or no rain at 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit[-40 ° C]have resulted in extremely dry conditions throughout the state,” said State Fosterster Joe Fox. “We are seeing an increase in the number and intensity of wildfires, and this trend will continue until we have the highest rainfall at the regional level.”

July is the beginning of the Arkansas wildfire, which lasts until October.

Sherry Russell, Arkansas Department of Forestry Department of State Export Superintendent, was on fire three days in the state Thursday in Bradley County, west of Warren, Pike County, west of Glenwood, and Meron County, northwest of Yelville. She said no structures were in danger. The forest department, along with firefighters from other agencies, employs two people at each fire.

A fire ban primarily prohibits activities that involve open fire. This includes fireworks, fires, garbage dumps, open fires, and ordered or controlled fires.

Robert Murphy, director of forestry emergency services, advises that extra care be taken when driving or operating machinery in these dry conditions.

“It’s important to be careful when driving or working in dry grass,” he said. “Heavy vehicles, ATVs, hay bales and other vehicles can easily ignite by creating a spark on dry grass.”

Forest observers are required to report a fire at 1-800-468-8834.

They are also demanding that drones not fly in the event of a fire. In the presence of drones, firefighters will not be able to conduct test flights or fly single-engine air tanks to drop water.

Visit for a county-by-county fire ban map. To find out more about fire restrictions in your county, contact your local authority at

He warned that the service could be worse, even if it was hot.

“On this day in 1954, Arkansas was experiencing a heat wave,” the weather service said on Twitter Wednesday. “Oscar reached 116 degrees, which is the hottest temperature in the state since August 1936.

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