A wildfire, which started when a resident of the South Brooklyn Road area of western Logan County was burning trash outdoors, burned 101 acres on Thursday, Jan. 16.
About 20 firefighters from the Ratcliff, Oak Bend and Branch fire departments and firemen from the Logan County and Franklin County offices of the Arkansas Forestry Commission fought the blaze for four hours before putting it out. The fire was reported at 1:50 p.m.
No one was injured and no structures were lost, according to Ratcliff Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jay Young. Young added that the fire got to within five feet of a shop building and 25 feet from a house.
Young said firemen had trouble with the 14 miles-an-hour wind.
“The wind was definitely a problem with this fire,” Young said. “It jumped a couple of firebreaks. The pastures were muddy so we couldn’t get to it. We had to let it come to us.”
Young said the blaze burned a few trees and pastureland.
Last week, fire danger in Logan County was listed as moderate on the Arkansas Forestry Commission website.
Also, outdoor trash burning is prohibited according to Arkansas State Air Pollution Control Regulations.
Section 18.6 (b) of the regulations prohibits the open burning of waste materials. Specifically, it states that “no person shall cause or permit the open burning of refuse, garbage, trade waste, tires or other waste materials, or shall conduct a salvage operation by open burning (including lumber and/or wood). These are considered a waste material and cannot be burned according to State Laws.
However, these regulations do not apply to the following activities:
• Fires used for the non-commercial cooking of food for recreational purposes, including barbecues and outdoor fireplaces in connection with any residence. Section 18.6(a)(1);
• Open burning related to land clearing and agricultural activities. Section 18.6(c)(2);
• Fires set or authorized by any public officer, board, council, or commission for the purpose of providing instruction in methods of fire fighting. Section 18.6(c)(7);(must conduct an asbestos survey per A.D.E.Q.) · Open fire used at construction sites only for the purpose of warming persons on the site during cold weather. Such fires shall be fueled only by untreated wood or wood products and must be confined within a container made of nonflammable material that does not exceed (30”) inches in width and length, unless prohibited by other local codes or ordinances. Act 259, section 1(8).”