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Friday, the fire danger in Benton County was raised to extreme

Based on conditions, the threat was raised

Benton County officials, including the chiefs of the 6 Benton County Fire Protection Districts, have raised the fire danger as high as it will go.

Fire danger is rated in most counties and cities as 0-3 low, 4-8 moderate, 9-11 high, 12-16 very high, and 17-plus is considered extreme. No burning of any kind is allowed anywhere on county lands, conditions have been labeled as dangerous.

According to the Benton County website:

"Extreme - Fires will start very easily and spread very rapidly. Every fire start has the potential to become large. Expect extreme, erratic fire behavior. Except for permitted emergency agricultural operations, NO OUTDOOR BURNING IS PERMITTED DURING EXTREME FIRE DANGER."

Temps are expected to be at or just over 100 degrees for the next 3 days, then dropping into the low 90s. But without any rain or precip, conditions will likely remain volatile for fires.

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.


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