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Fireworks shows still on, despite burn ban

Thursday, June 30, 2005

A thunderstorm that dropped nearly one inch of rain in parts of Fulton County June 27 was a welcome relief to a county suffering from record-setting drought conditions throughout the spring and early summer.

Despite the deluge of rain, a burn ban is still in effect, said Fulton County Judge Charles Willett.

"This is the first time in my 53 years that I've seen hay being fed to cattle because the fields are burnt up," Willett said. Some parts of the county received little rain.

According to the National Weather Service, Fulton and Izard counties are in a severe drought.

Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley said his county remains under a burn ban as well.

"I'm not sure how much rain we are lacking, but in some places I know it's several inches," Finley said.

The National Weather Service reported that Calico Rock, which sits on the western edge of Izard County. received .69 inches of rain in May. Normally Calico Rock receives approximately five inches of rain during May.

Both Fulton and Izard counties have issued bans on shooting off fireworks.

"I know there's people who make their money by selling fireworks this time of year, but there's a danger out there that we have to address," Willett said. "We need to think about the damage a fire would cause and the harm it could do to our volunteer firefighters."

Fourth of July celebrations slated in Salem, Melbourne and Horseshoe Bend will go on as planned.

Finley said the fireworks shows in each town are put on by professional pyrotechnicians. He said firetrucks and firefighters will be on the scene to handle any flareups.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service expect the drought in Fulton and Izard counties to extend throughout the summer.

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