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After a weekend of grass fires, the Franklin Parish Police Jury issued an emergency burn ban, according to jury president Harvey Ray Guimbellot.
"They are breaking out all over the parish and running our fire districts ragged," Guimbellot said Tuesday. "There were four in the Ward Three area on Sunday and several, some of them pretty big, around Crowville on Monday."
Parish residents are asked to not burn garbage or brush during this especially hot, dry period. Guimbellot also asked residents not to toss lighted cigarettes from moving vehicles.
"In this heat it doesn't take much to spark a fire," he said.
At the LSU Sweet Potato Research Station at Chase, Monday's high temperature was 103 degrees. Tuesday's high was expected to be about the same.
"Until we get a break in this weather and hopefully get some rain, we're asking citizens to help us keep fire danger to a minimum," Guimbellot said.
Franklin Parish could see some isolated rainfall this afternoon, according to Mike Edmonson of the National Weather Service in Jackson, but the chances are better later in the week.
"Rain chances increase Thursday and Friday with scattered showers and thunderstorms," Ed-monson said. "We get a brief respite from the heat Thursday and Friday."
The NWS predicts the weekend to be hot and dry with high temperatures 96 to 97 degrees.
Rain could return on Monday with a weather system coming up from the Gulf.