"We had a column of smoke a mile in the air; we knew it was pretty well gone," said West Fork Fire Chief Mitch McCorkle.
Firefighters battled a house fire in West Fork, and McCorkle knows how fast flames can spread in extreme conditions.
"Everything's so dry and our humidity is low and the wind's blowing all the time.... Getting it stopped is a problem because you have too many obstacles in the way."
Crews from West Fork, Farmington, and Prairie Grove all responded, as well as Central EMS Captain Nellie Morgan and her team.
"Anytime there is a structure fire, grass fire, we come out to make sure the firemen are safe... They're there for us, and we're here for them. We work as a team."
But with the number of calls coming in across Washington County, resources were spread thin.
"We'd be lucky if we don't have a fire someplace else while we have everything tied up here," said McCorkle.
A series of brush fires broke out along Black Oak Road in Fayetteville. According to Washington County Sheriff's Office, the fires were caused by a car being towed that sent sparks to the side of the road.
"We need to try really hard to get them out real quick and so far we've been lucky doing that."
Chief McCorkle said folks need to be aware because simple things like mowing lawns and driving over tall grass can lead to disaster. Thankfully, no one was currently living in the house that burned down on Thursday.
"Probably not much more than a quarter of a mile if that fire went up that hill to a real nice home right up there, well two or three of them really... If they're dry enough, they burn in a hurry when they catch on fire."
With historic temperatures come a record number of structure fires in West Fork. According to Chief McCorkle, there have been about four fully-engulfed structure fires in his city over the last two years and they have already met that number in just the last two weeks.