Dry conditions across the State of Arkansas have led local officials to place Ashley County under a burn ban for the second time in as many months.
Judge Jim Hudson issued the ban Monday, citing that it was “due to dry conditions and extreme fire hazards,” and ordering that everyone in Ashley County is “directed to refrain from all outdoor and open burning, grilling and shooting or discharging of any type of fireworks, until further notice.”
The order states that the ban will be lifted, “only upon written order after weather and moisture conditions permit.”
Weather forecasts predicted a 50 percent chance of morning showers for Wednesday, but if that rain was enough to reverse the ban remains to be seen.
As of Tuesday, Ashley County joins 37 other counties across the state that have placed burn bans in effect.
A news release from the Arkansas Forestry Commission said that commission crews had to suppress 54 wildfires across 502 acres during the weekend of Nov. 18, when conditions were similar.