Dry conditions across Region 8 cause concern

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) - Dangerously dry conditions exist across the Mid-South according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS issued a Red Flag Warning for all of the area Saturday.  Lack of rain and low humidity levels continue to dry out vegetation creating a dangerous fire situation.  Strong winds are also expected Saturday.  A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.  A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

Many counties in Arkansas are under burn bans. (Click here for map)  In most counties, that include open field agricultural burning.  Contact your local county sheriff or county judge for more information about open field burning.

Parts of the area are also facing extreme drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. (Click here for map)  Much of the Mid-South has missed out on measurable rainfall throughout much of the summer and early fall seasons.  There is a slight chance of rain across the area Saturday night and Sunday.

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