Hopkins County remains a hot spot for wildfires, and the National Weather Service is again warning people to be careful when burning outdoors.
The weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook for today and tonight because conditions are ripe to fan the flames of wildfires.
"Very dry air and winds of 10 to 20 mph ... will combine to make fires spread quickly," the warning stated.
At noon today, relative humidity stood at 18 percent — extremely dry, in other words — and wind gusts of 21 miles per hour had been recorded.
The county's paid and volunteer fire departments were indundated with calls of grass and brush fires during one short time span on Saturday. From 1:49 p.m. to 2:38 p.m., dispatchers fielded calls of fires at four separate locations.
Hopkins County, Sulphur Bluff, Peerless and Miller Grove were called out from 1:49 p.m. to 2:48 p.m. on CR 4784. Then, Hopkins County and Brinker were called onfrom 2:19 p.m. to 2:33 p.m. on CR 2341. From 2:19 p.m. to 3:14 p.m., Hopkins County and Miller Grove firemen fought a grass fire on FM 1567 near Miller Grove. Peerless and the county firemen also battled a grass fire from 2:38 p.m. to 3:19 p.m. on FM 2285
Citizens are asked to be extremely careful when burning outdoors. If they must burn trash or brush outside, they are asked to keep a source of water handy just in case the fire does get out of control.
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