This order is issued by the presiding county judge(s) and make outdoor burning (including fireworks) prohibited. Any burning can be subject to large fines. Please report any outdoor fire in this county you see by dialing 911 immediately. With dry weather conditions, much of Arkansas is facing high wild fire risk at this time. Remember: A sudden rain in your local area (of any amount) will not immediately remove a burn ban. A short rain may be nice for a short time but is usually insufficient at restoring the grounds needed moisture to remove the wildfire risk. After a burn ban is in place, substantial rainfall is required to reduce or eliminate drought conditions to acceptable levels AND an order from a county judge is required to remove county burn ban. Please continue to watch your local newscasts weather reports for daily updates, visit http://www.arkfireinfo.org/ for burn ban changes, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-821-9320 with your questions before burning. Be safe. Check out this link to see the most current list of burn bans in Arkansas .http://www.arkfireinfo.org/
How serious is it to burn during an Burn Ban? For example, violating the Burn Ban order in Pulaski County constitutes a Class A misdemeanor, which can bring a maximum sentence of one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. This doesn’t count State of Arkansas fines that could be levied if the fire burns someone else’s property. Arkansas State Law could assess penalties of 200% of the value of the burned property. State Law doesn’t even require a burn ban be in effect when your fire damages someone else’s property. We won’t claim to be lawyers here. Check with your attorney, local county judge, and/or the Arkansas Forestry Commission to get the facts for yourself before burning outdoors. Being informed is being safe.
A winter storm is impacting central Arkansas and our fire district area at this time. Please make precautions to stay warm and fed should you loose power to your home. Our crews are responding, as normal, to emergency calls during this period. Due to winter conditions we expect it may take extra time to reach you in an emergency situation should we find difficult or impassable roads.
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One of our own, Capt Mike Felton, was a victim of arson this past weekend when fire was set to his property under renovation. An investigation is ongoing. Here is the recent interview from KARK.
We posted this earlier but felt the need to share again since we are responding to what feels like waaaaayyyyyy too many chimney fires. Seriously, have you had your fireplace, wood stove and chimney cleaned and inspected over the last year? If so…Great! If not…this is easy and affordable maintenance that could save your home and life. You take care of your car, boat or motorcycle with oil changes and proper tire pressure to extend the life of your vehicle and get better fuel economy, right? Some simple regular cleaning maintenance and inspection on your “fire breathing appliance inside your home” should ensure it gets the very same care for long life of your home and safe use. Please read…….
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Each fall and winter season, WPFD responds to several emergency calls and home fires involving fireplaces, chimneys and home heaters. The use of combustible fuel inside a home is a traditional and effective way to battle freezing temperatures. Not only does a fireplace or wood stove feel great on a chilly night, it also take some of the pressure of your home heating system by reducing the dependence on costly electric or propane/natural gas heating units; However, using an alternative heating source comes with some big responsibilities to ensure that they are properly maintained and operating in a safe manner. Keeping your fireplace, wood stove, pellet stove, and chimney/stovepipe clean is of the highest importance. Failure to get your homes fire fueled heat system inspected and cleaned each year can lead to prevent potential leaks of fire, smoke, and harmful gases from the exhaust system (vent or chimney) into the home or attic causing dangerous conditions. Don’t risk fire, loss of your home, or death from carbon-monoxide leaks. Get your system inspected and cleaned to ensure your home is ready for a full cold season of safe heating!