Burn Bans & Controlled Burns
Burn bans can be issued by both the city and county fire officials when conditions are unsafe for burning. Outdoor fires of any kind are prohibited during a burn ban issued by Benton County or the Bella Vista Fire Department. Contact the Benton County Department of Emergency Management at (479) 271-1004 or click here for more information on county-wide burn bans.
Burning materials during burn bans is considered extremely dangerous to people, buildings, trees and grasslands. Violations are punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.
It is lawful to burn certain materials on your property in a controlled setting. For questions about burning dilapidated structures, please call the Fire Department at 479-855-8249.
- Check for a burn ban before burning.
- Call 479-855-3771 before burning.
- Stay close to the fire at all times.
- Have a water source nearby.
- Put the fire out if the wind picks up.
- Have the fire extinguished by dark.
OK to burn:
Tree Limbs and Brush
Do not burn:
Household trash or garbage
Lumber or wood scraps
Arkansas State Air Pollution Control Regulations Section 18.6 (b) prohibits the open burning of certain waste materials. Specifically, it states: “No person shall cause or permit the open burning of refuse, garbage, trade waste, or other waste material, or shall conduct a salvage operation by open burning.” Household trash, construction materials and demolition waste — including lumber and/or wood — cannot be burned according to State Law.
How can you get rid of waste or trash you can’t burn?