Burn bans

The 11 Arkansas counties depicted in red, including Columbia County, are under bans against outdoor burning.

Bans against outdoor burning spread to 11 counties in South Arkansas on Monday.

Columbia County Judge Larry Atkinson was among the officials issuing local bans, which include Columbia and all surrounding counties except Union.

There was an outbreak of thunderstorms, mostly in Southeast Arkansas, early Monday night but rainfall was not expected to be sufficient to reverse recent dry conditions.

magnoliareporter.com has recorded 32.82 inches of rain since January 1. It recorded only two-tenths of an inch of rain in August, and no rain since August 6.

Last week’s National Drought Monitor report listed most of extreme South Arkansas as abnormally dry.

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