Washington County burn ban lifted

Washington County’s monthlong burn ban ended yesterday.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards, in consultation with Fire Marshal Dennis Ledbetter, issued an executive order lifting the ban.

The ban was put into place on July 11 due to extreme heat and dry conditions.

According to the statement, the recent rains have reduced the threat of wildfires across the county, but Edwards and Ledbetter are still urging caution. While the ban is rescinded for now, ongoing drought conditions could change that.

A violation of the county burn ban carries a potential $1,000 fine.

32 Arkansas counties are still under a burn ban this week including Crawford, Sebastian, and Scott counties.

For an up-to-date map of counties currently under burn bans, visit the Arkansas Forestry Commission website at arkfireinfo.org.