Summer may be over, but the dry weather is continuing and most of the state is now under burn bans. 69 of the 75 counties in the state are now under burn restrictions.

Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Chief Shauwn Howell on Friday was asked about the burn ban and if there had been an uptick in fires that made the ban necessary.

The department’s monthly report showed that there were 21 brush/grass/rubbish fires on September, 10 more than there were in August.

All counties in the Deltaplex region are under the bans, with only Lafayette County in Southwest Arkansas excluded.

Howell was also asked if there was coordination between himself and the county and responded this way

. If you are planning on traveling to camp or spending time outdoors this weekend, the only other counties where outdoor burning is allowed are Lawrence, Mississippi, Phillips, Boone, and Baxter. Burning waste, campfires, bonfires, and recreational fires are prohibited.

The state has had at least 9 fires in the last four days.