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The slightest spark can start a wildfire

A fire near Ola spread to about 300 acres, causing the entire town to be evacuated. A fire near Ola spread to about 300 acres, causing the entire town to be evacuated.

 

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -  The scorching summer sun continues to bear down on the most drought-stricken areas in Region 8.

Under a high wildfire risk, it seems like virtually anything will ignite a fury of flames--from lightning, to cigarette butts and machinery.

"Lawn equipment. We made a call last week that lawn equipment started a fire, a grass fire."

Murray says burn bans have been in place for nearly a month and despite these safety measures, his fire department still answers several calls each week.

"We've had just a few little minor incidents. Mostly just contained to grass fires. We haven't had any major ordeals inside city limits."

The fleet may be silent now, but the fire crew knows to expect the unexpected.

Water tankers, bull dozers, and several fire departments are on high alert as more than 2,000 acres of Arkansas forest burned over the past week.

Windy conditions, low humidity, and dry fuels are spurring a faster development of wildfires, consumING more land.

"The ban on burning is county-wide. I think most of the state of Arkansas is under a burn ban now. Greene County is for sure, which is the county we're in. You know, if you're caught burning under a burn ban you can be fined, cited into court."

 
Open burning is highly discouraged during the high wildfire danger.
 
Meteorologist Bryan McCormick will have the story tonight on Region 8 News at 6 and 10.
 
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