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Crews battle fires caused by lightning in Arkansas

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Forestry Commission says crews have been fighting a handful of fires started by lightning strikes across the state this weekend.

Agency spokeswoman Sheila Doughty says Sunday that firefighters are working to put out several blazes, including fires caused by lightning strikes in Cleburne and Conway counties.

Doughty says crews also worked into the night Saturday to contain a fire caused by lightning that burned close to 60 acres of hardwoods in Wrightsville.

Single-engine air tankers dropped water on another lightning strike fire in Stone County that burned about 30 acres on Saturday.

Despite recent rains, state Forester Joe Fox says that the drought continues to cause extreme fire conditions.

Only 2 of Arkansas' 75 counties don't have ban bans.

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