Issuing Burn Bans within Benton County | Environment
With recent and forecasted weather conditions Benton County officials felt that it was prudent to issue a statement regarding burn bans. The Benton County Fire Marshal’s Office wants residents to be educated on how our decisions are made.
Currently there is not a burn ban issued for Benton County.
Several factors are reviewed on a daily bases when we experience dry and windy conditions. The County Fire Marshal and a representative from the Arkansas Forestry Commission will review the past and current weather conditions, humidity levels, the fire spread index forecasts and any warnings or statements issued from the National Weather Service and The Arkansas Forestry Commission to make a decision regarding burn bans.
Benton County has two types of burn bans. The first and most often used is a “RED FLAG” 24 hour ban on open burning. On days when unsafe or unfavorable burning conditions exist the County Fire Marshal or his representative will issue this type of burn ban and no open burning will be allowed in the unincorporated areas of the county. The second type of burn ban is issued by the county judge via a court order declaring a ban on burning when local circumstances and conditions make fires a hazard to the health and safety of citizens and their property. This court ordered burn ban is typically used when the bans will be for an extended amount of time.
In the event a Burn Ban is issued, Benton County will issue statements via local news media and through The Benton County Alert Notification System known as BC Alert. The BC Alert system can deliver important alerts, notifications, and updates to your phone, email, or text device. Benton County citizens can sign up at www.bcalert.com for alerts and notifications.
Benton County has been recognized as a Firewise County. Firewise communities are better prepared to respond to Grass, Brush and Wildland type fires thru better planning, education, and awareness.