Burn ban could affect fireworks

Burn bans in El Dorado and Union County may have an unexpected and unfortunate impact on the Fourth of July fireworks, warns El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Chairman Craig Griffin in an email.

“Currently, Union County is under a burn ban and if the burn ban is to stay in effect through Monday, July 4th it may have a bearing on our planned event,” he wrote. “We are in touch with the El Dorado Fire Department, the Union County Judge’s office, and the Arkansas Forestry Commission. More than likely a final decision will be made later this week. In the meantime, pray for rain!”

The forecast for tomorrow puts scattered showers between 20 percent and 50 percent, depending on which resource you use. I, however, made the mistake of washing my jeep on Friday — our culture’s equivalent of a Native American rain dance, according to James — so assuming fate has any sense of humor (which I have 23 years of anecdotal proof that it does) we should see some liquid in the next day or two.

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