Category Archives: Fires

AFC: Fires remain low following burn ban lift

Though fire danger remains high statewide, the local branch of the Arkansas Forestry Commission has only responded to two fires since the burn ban was lifted on Tuesday. Both fires resulted from power line breakages, said Mac Jerry, Union County … Continue reading

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Forestry commission lowers wildfire risk from extreme to high

In light of recent rainfall, lower temperatures and rising humidity, the Arkansas Forestry Commission lowered the state’s wildfire risk level from extreme to high on Monday, according to Arkansas News. Burning is still discouraged by the forestry commission though as … Continue reading

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Huttig fire investigation turned over to state police

The Arkansas State Police have taken over the investigation into the house fire at Huttig Mayor Tony Cole’s residence, according to Union County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bill Hickman. Investigators with the UCSO began the investigation shortly after the Huttig … Continue reading

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Parkers Chapel prepares for fireworks show

Though El Dorado opted out of its fireworks show this Independence Day in consideration of the Union County burn ban, Parkers Chapel will proceed with its scheduled show at 9 p.m. tonight at the football field. Union County Judge Mike … Continue reading

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Burn ban in effect as of Monday

Taking into consideration the 78 acres consumed and nine hours crews spent fighting the fire at South Arkansas Regional Airport-Goodwin Field on Sunday, Union County Judge Mike Loftin issued a countywide burn ban, effective Monday. The ban will be in … Continue reading

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Chain reaction leads to EDC explosion

A chain reaction that began with an explosion in El Dorado Chemical’s strong nitric acid plant reactor system ultimately led to a series of sulfur fires early Tuesday morning, said Greg Withrow, of EDC. The tremor felt across El Dorado … Continue reading

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No evacuations necessary following EDC explosion

Word is still out on the cause of the explosion that rocked El Dorado Chemical and much of the town early Tuesday morning, however, emergency response officials say no evacuations are necessary at this time. Union County Sheriff Mike McGough … Continue reading

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Executive session vote makes fire chief decision unclear

A vote made in executive session by the El Dorado Civil Service Commission to hire Chad Mosby, of the El Dorado Fire Department, as the new fire chief may not have been a legal decision in accordance with the Arkansas … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Fire at Lion Oil, inmate dead at UCJ

A fire at Lion Oil is consuming the top of one of the buildings, according to the scanner and a caller who described the flames as “a-blazing.” Details are still slim, but we’ve sent a photographer and have made a … Continue reading

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Burn ban lifted

Good news for the morning after last night’s downpour, Union County Judge Mike Loftin just advised that Union County’s burn ban has been lifted, effective immediately.

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A quick shout-out to all you pyromaniacs

According to a proclamation signed by Union County Judge Mike Loftin today, Union County is again under a burn ban. Citing the recent dry conditions as a markedly low rainfall recently, the burn ban enjoins individuals from burning within county … Continue reading

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Reminder: Ignore the little voices

Despite a county-wide burn ban enacted in June, of the wildfires Arkansas Forestry Commission crews responded to last month, 27 percent were the result of debris burning. The problem has only been exacerbated by dry conditions that have helped to … Continue reading

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