Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap issued a ban effective Feb. 9 at noon against outdoor burning of trash, debris, brush and all other materials during the current dry weather conditions.

Lawns, fields and wooded areas are exceptionally dry and the flash point for outdoor fires is unusually low, according to a media release from the Crawford County judge’s office.

“For the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the county, all outdoor burning is banned until such time as relief from the dry conditions is provided,” the release states. “We urge all citizens to work together to protect their lives and property, themselves, their families and their neighbors.”

Several factors led to the decision to put the burn ban in place, such as self-producing wind from open fires, which cause extreme difficulties - including hazard and threat to life - in containing and controlling outdoor fires.

Caution and “good judgment” are being recommended by Gilstrap. Those who violate the restriction will be prosecuted.

The burn ban will stay in effect until sufficient rain has reduced the fire hazard and the windy conditions have subsided.