Burn Ban in effect for Sharp County
Sharp County is now one of the 46 counties in Arkansas under a burn ban, as current weather conditions create a high risk for fire danger. On Jan. 21, County Judge Larry Brown issued a county wide burn ban due to dry and windy conditions. According to the Arkansas Forestry Commission, wildfire activity across the state has been low over the weekend thanks to residents following warnings and burn bans. Wildfire danger, however, is still high in Arkansas.
Ash Flat Fire Chief, Stacey Horton warns citizens about the current weather conditions. "Just a spark is all it takes," Horton said. His department responded to a piece of equipment on fire in a field and someone burning trash in their backyard over the weekend. Both fires were contained and extinguished by the department without spreading. Horton said that citizens should be aware of the conditions and be as safe as possible. Outside furnaces, bush hogging and even burning trash are all capable of causing sparks.
"With the weather we've been having, most vegetation has been freeze dried, there's no moisture." Horton said, asking citizens to hold off on any burning, "until we get some moisture."
The Arkansas Forestry Commission can issue citations for burning during a burn ban.
To report wildfires call 1-800-468-8834.