From Tracy Baker, Public Information Officer for Benton County Fire District #1:

“Benton County Fire District #1 would like to inform the public of the EXTREME FIRE DANGER we are facing in Benton County. An EXTREME FIRE DANGER level means absolutely NO OUTDOOR BURNING IS PERMITTED in Benton County including recreational/warming fires and tumbleweeds. Fires will start very easily and spread very rapidly. Every fire start has the potential to become large with extreme and erratic fire behavior. With the thick grass crop this spring and the extended dry conditions, it is even more critical to follow these restrictions. We ask the public to limit activities that cause potential sources of ignition such as driving/parking in dry vegetation, dragging metal from vehicle, chainsaw usage and firearm target practice. For questions, contact the Benton County Clean Air Agency office (783-1304) or burn line (783-6198, residential; 783-6570, agricultural). Violations of the Outdoor Burn Ban could result in a substantial fine.”