There is some relief from the heat coming in the next few days according to the National Weather Service. However our area remains very dry causing many parishes and counties to issue bans on outdoor burning.
The Red River Parish burn ban was issued Monday morning. Red River was the first parish in northwest Louisiana to issue the ban on burning. Shortly after 9:00 am Monday The Journal was notified of the ban by the fire department. The statement from Fire Chief Shane Felts said that no outdoor burning of any kind would be permitted in the parish until further notice.
By Monday afternoon Caddo Parish was added to the list of parishes and counties with a ban in effect. The updated map from the National Weather Service on Thursday shows the burn ban is spreading like wildfire.
There has been very little rain in recent days and the “Fire Danger” signs have been set on “extreme” as a reminder of the danger of wildfires. The regional forecast includes only a slight chance of rain in our region over the next few days. And it will continue to be very hot. Heat advisories have been posted nearly every day this week, including into Friday.