A burn ban has been issued for Pulaski County, officials said Monday.
A moratorium on outdoor burning has been institute because of "the weather and rapid drying conditions," according to an executive order signed by County Judge Buddy Villines. Rain has been scarce over the past several weeks throughout central and south Arkansas.
Exceptions to the ban will be allowed only under special circumstances, and a permit will be necessary for all burning in the county. the order states.
The use of fireworks is also banned, except in special circumstances and after taking the proper precautions, according to the order.
Violating the order will constitute a Class A misdemeanor, which brings a maximum sentence of one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.