Counties bracing for burn bans in stagnant heat | News
"I've actually read some articles in the paper and seen the news reports, and talked to some of the judges. You know, it's getting to the critical stage. I heard on the radio also this morning that 80 plus percent of the state of Arkansas is under severe drought."
A drought that is now considered long-term, 6 months or longer.
Judge Hill says he is in contact with the Jonesboro Fire Department as weather conditions worsen.
"Really be careful and not burn unless they have to. And if we don't get a significant rain and things don't change a little bit, we're going to have to issue a burn ban."
Among the list of growing fire hazards: highly-flammable pine needles.
Judge Hill advises residents not to use wood stoves or fireplaces, avoid fire pits, and refrain from shooting fireworks...although the fourth of July is next week.