Cleburne County is under a BURN BAN issued by Cleburne County Judge
Brenda Hunt due to the severe drought conditions and extraordinary risk of
wildfires. This ban will remain in effect until the drought conditions are
relieved. It is unlawful to engage in any outdoor burning under this burn
ban.  We are approaching Independence Day on July 4, a day on which we
traditionally celebrate our nation's independence by the lighting of
fireworks.  This year fireworks are prohibited in Cleburne County under the
burn ban except for permitted fireworks displays like the Chamber of
Commerce July 3rd display over Greers Ferry Lake.  The Chamber of Commerce
Display in the City of Heber Springs will go on as planned. Judge Hunt, the
Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, and our Fire Departments ask all our
citizens and guests to respect this burn ban and help us assure the safety
of our citizens, fire department personnel, and all our first responders
during this drought. Violation of the burn ban may result in one's arrest
and prosecution. The penalty under the County Ordinance is a $500 fine. The
penalty under state law for unlawful burning includes up to one year in the
county jail and a fine of up to $2500.