Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Burn ban for Crittenden lifted

The burn ban in effect the last 10 days in Crittenden County has been lifted by Judge-Executive Perry Newcom. He issued the order today ending the restriction put in place due to drought conditions.

"The rescinding of this burn ban is a result of recent rainfall and the forecast for the next several days, which also indicates a greater possibility of rain chances and lower temperatures," the proclamation lifting the order read. "I would still encourage all citizens to exercise extreme caution regarding all planned outdoor burning activities."

State burning laws remain in effect. The fall forest fire hazard season continues through Dec. 15, meaning it is illegal to burn within 150 feet of brush- or woodlands between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A story on the front of The Crittenden Press that hit newsstands today indicates the order is still in effect. At the time the paper went to press, burning was still prohibited. Notification of Newcom's decision to end the restriction was received around 2:30 this afternoon.