FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (07 /11/22)
Contact: Sebastian County Judge
County Court House
35 South 6th Street, Room 106
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
Burn Ban Issued
(Sebastian County, AR)
Effective immediately, County Judge David Hudson, has enforced Sebastian County's Ordinance No. 88-13 banning outdoor burning of trash, debris, brush, and all other materials during this period when conditions are extremely dry. Lawns, fields, and wooded areas are exceptionally dry and the flash point for outdoor fires is unusually low. Without any significant rain, conditions will continue to dry out vegetation and spread fire more quickly.
Judge Hudson stated that for the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the County, all
outdoor burning is banned until such time as relief from the hazardous dry weather situation is provided.
Compounding the hazard of low flash point are the factors of built in, self-producing wind from
open fires during this type of weather situation which cause extreme difficulties in containing and
controlling outdoor fires as well as the hazard and threat to life for those attempting to control and extinguish the flames.
Those who violate the restriction will be prosecuted in compliance with the County Ordinance
subject to a fine of not less than $25.00 or more than $300.00.
We solicit and appreciate the support of everyone during this time and would request additional
caution and good judgment be used by smokers and that smoldng material be extinguished in an ash tray or safe container rather than be discarded along our roads and highways.
We urge all citizens to work together to protect the lives and property, themselves, their families,
and neighbors. The burning ban will stay in existence until sufficient rain has reduced the fire hazard.